Drive along with me on a windy country road. Polling Station Road in Harwood, Maryland offers views of a variety of country barns. Most of them from a past era of tobacco farming in southern Maryland and stand in the landscape of brilliant green corn fields and golden hues of wheat. Some of them are beautiful dressed in barn red.
While others are rejoicing in their natural weathered tone.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation listed the Tobacco barns in southern Maryland one of the 11 most Endangered Historic Places in the country. In 2001, Maryland offered a buyout program to Tobacco farmers to discontinue growing tobacco. Since that time, these barns have become neglected and the passage of time is beginning to reclaim these relics. A conservation program was created after 2004 to help preserve these barns.
Tobacco barns are built differently than other barns. They are compartmentalized and built to hold weight while farming barns are built for holding large equipment under shelter.
It is hard to pick a favorite out of all the barns from this morning. Would love to know which one is yours. Bella