Project 365 / Day 63 & 64 Barns in the Countryside

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Yep, went on a search for a duck, but ended up with some barns instead. The best being “Grandpa’s Toy Shop.” I wonder what could be inside.

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There are a number of old barns scattered along Southern Maryland’s farmland. These old Tobacco Barns are considered one of eleven “Most Endangered Historic Places” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. ย As the urban sprawl grows from Washington DC, these farmlands and historic barns are quickly disappearing.

To add even more to their demise, in 2001 the state of Maryland offered buyouts to Tobacco farmers. More than 90% of Maryland’s tobacco farmers took the offer making tobacco barns obsolete. A well written book about this history of tobacco farming and the tobacco barns in Southern Maryland was released at the end of 2011. You can find the book here on Amazon.

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Canon 7d, 24-105mm f/4.0 L. Edited in Color Efex Pro.

29 thoughts on “Project 365 / Day 63 & 64 Barns in the Countryside

    • The tobacco hung dry from special rafters built inside. These barns are designed differently than regular barns.My hubby used to drive this area quite a bit 30 years ago and remembers fields of tobacco growing. Now you don’t see any.

  1. Don’t you just love these old structures? Fantastic photographs, highlighting these great finds, fabulous barns – love Tuesday post!

    • I love, love, love them Mary. Haven’t you figured that out yet? I’m on a mission to capture at least one per month this year. And who knows, this is turning out to be a photo project, so I may have a huge collection of them. Especially during autumn. Can you see them now?

  2. I do a lot of photography of old and abandoned buildings, trying to capture their last moments before they disappear from view and memory. I’m glad to see you catching these old beauties. I really like the processing, it fits them nicely.

    • I’m so happy to hear that you do the same as well Maya. These old buildings and barns have so much history and stories within them. I think it’s important that they are treasured and remembered for generations to come. Thanks Maya for your compliment on the processing. I’m still experimenting trying to find my “look.”

  3. Emily, Wow!!! That first photo opened up and I was in awe! Then I strolled down to the 2nd one, double awe!! And then the 3rd one, triple awe!!! You are amazing with the camera. Breathtaking!

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