Saturday, June 22, 2013

Barns in the Neighborhood - Africa


Barn at Africa

This old barn and silo sit at an intersection on Highway O, across from Africa.  For those of you who didn't know that Africa was located in Barron County, WI, that may come as a surprise. But back in the 1940s and 1950s, when the landscape was dotted with country schools, Africa was among them. It was probably similar to the old country school I attended as a first and second grader (amazing how I survived all these years without kindergarten, isn't it!). Since that time, during the great consolidation of c. 1956 when the country schools were merged with the town schools, the small country schools and acre of land they sat on were sold off to private individuals. The school I had attended was moved a couple miles from its location onto a farm, to be used as a granary. Africa stayed right where it was, and was remodeled into living quarters. There it sits to this day. And of course, I always think of this barn as 'the barn at Africa.'


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21 comments:

Denise said...

Very interesting.

The Zeigler Homestead said...

A beautiful piece of history. When I saw your title my first thought was "wow, she sure gets around". haha Once again your soap looks good enough to eat :) -Susie

linda eller said...

Love the barn in Africa...one just never knows where one will find something interesting, does one? lol

Bev Carter said...

What a lovely story about the barn. Great memories.
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TexWisGirl said...

how very cool. love that squatty little silo, too!

Sandra said...

before i read the post, i thought Wow the barns in Africa look just like they do here....

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Cool barn and great story! I didn't know that Africa was in WI. :)
I survived without kindergarten too.

podso said...

I was immediately drawn to this post thinking the barn did not look very African to me. Still not sure-- is Africa the name of a town?

I enjoyed another England post. Your notebook looks a bit like mine. I made an "altered" book on one of our trips. Didn't journal as much though!

Terri D. said...

It looks like the barn at Africa is being well cared for, and that is great. I love seeing the old barns. They have so much character!

Carla TePaske said...

Great photo!
I think a England coffee table book and a barn calendar are in the works here with all the great photos! :-)

Susie said...

At least it looks as if they are trying to keep the barn nice. Fresh paintjob. You can safe a barn cheaper than rebuilding one, if the owner stays on top of repairs. It's sad how we just let nice things fall down. Enjoy your weekend. xoxo,Susie

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

I just adore Africa! Your description makes me just want to go there and RELAX.

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Jillian

Eva Ason said...

It's interesting to get to know about new places, I love those old barns over there. Have a great Sunday

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Would be interesting to find out how many coats of paint have been put on that barn!! Bet the paint is holding it together!! Beautiful Red Barn!!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Pretty red barn!

missy said...

Beautiful barn..One of my favorite photo subjects..

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful barn and story. Touching. Sorry for getting back so late but with the move, via my blog and MS, it has taken time and I am just getting back in the swing.

Cynthia

Mari said...

I learned something new today! It's a great barn and I like that silo too.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Very pretty barn and picture, too! Twyla

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

are you sure this is in Africa? not so sure. ha. ha!! ( :

Donna said...

What a neat old barn! And red ones are the best. Terrific photo.

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