Monday, January 26, 2015

Wisconsin Barns, Good Fences, Mosaic Monday


The last time I posted a photo of a  [red] Wisconsin barn, I mentioned that there was an ugly yellow barn near Birchwood. Well, over the weekend I went back to take a photo of that ugly barn, but it seems that someone heard my complaint and painted it. It's not nearly as yellow as it had been, and it's certainly not ugly.



It's near Stout's Island Lodge and is part of the original Stout farm. Not that I've ever stayed at Stout's Island Lodge, but it does look like a beautiful resort, if you like rustic. Actually, after looking at the photos in their website gallery, one might rather stay in this barn, although it had originally been built as a palace for cows, and had glazed tile, installed by European craftsmen.  It was a showpiece and still is. Stout's Island Lodge is on one of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes. I guess Wisconsin could be called the Lake District of the USA. I digress. That's another story for another post.


One last look. It is a beautiful property, built by a descendant of one of the Knapp Stout lumber barons who logged off much of Wisconsin in the later half of the 1800s-early1900s. Knapp Stout was the first to hold title to our farm, as they did to many hundreds of thousands of acres in Wisconsin.

Lumber from Wisconsin was used to rebuild Chicago after the great fire of  1871 and also supplied lumber for some of the large estates on the east coast.





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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties:   The Barn Collective and  Mosaic Monday and   Treasure Box Tuesday and  Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and  Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays 

72 comments:

Lulu James said...

I rather like the color! I have read a great deal of historical fiction this year--including parts about the lumber camps and cutting of those beautiful forests. WONDERFUL PICTURES! You have a really good eye!

Tom said...

WOW what a beauty!!! Tom The Backroads Traveller

Linda Kay said...

Judy, thanks for the interesting story on the barn and the property. That is quite a place, and you are right, not a bad color now.

Sandra said...

when i think barn i don't think elegant, but this one sure is elegant. one of the prettiest i have seen. the photos are fantastic...

Margaret Adamson said...

Such pretty photographs and great information.

Bethany Carson said...

Wow, that is a very impressive barn!

Arlene Grimm said...

That looks more like a fancy house then a barn! Lucky livestock who live there.

Susie said...

Judy, I love the farm...it all matches and looks very nice. I meant to tell you about our neighbors down the road. They built a new home and garage in yellow sidings. So they had the two small barns painted yellow also...but not before they had the fire department come out to burn the bigger barn down. Since it all ties in now, it looks very pretty. Hope you are doing well. Our snow fizzled out , so you know I am happy. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Karen S. said...

You know it's funny you mentioned one might rather stay inside the barn, because at first glance, even before I read a word, I thought, I could live in that! Beautiful.

Debby Ray said...

WOW...what a great barn! I think I might like to stay there a night or two...so very lovely!

ladyfi said...

That's a beautiful farm!

Mary Hutchins said...

Beautiful pictures. I enjoyed the brief time I lived in Wisconsin years ago. I remember how much we loved the barns we saw there. Being from Texas we were used to seeing barns, but the Wisconsin barns are totally different.

eileeninmd said...

I do love the red barns. But this one is very pretty and so BIG! Thanks for sharing some of the history of the Stout resort. It looks like a beautiful place to stay and visit.. Have a happy day and week ahead!

Nancy said...

Wow, that is one HUGE barn! I thought is was a home when I first glanced at the photo. Glad that someone came to their senses and painted it a color worthy of its beauty.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Yes I agree that is one of the hugest barnes I have ever seen. The color of it is really pretty and looks so nice in the snow. Have a wonderful day.
Julie

podso said...

Me with the details--I assume they did not paint, you just saw it with "new" eyes. It looks like a cow palace to me--what a beautiful edifice! Wouldn't that be fun turned into a house? I knew a family one time that converted a barn into a pretty cool house.

Happy Monday!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, oh i love that house, beautiful place. Blessings Francine.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

There are so many beautiful barns. I can't believe the details on this one. Thank you for showing us. Hugs.

TexWisGirl said...

oh, my goodness!!! beautiful! love the taupe paint job, too!

i was once affiliated with one of those wisconsin lumber baron families. they founded the town i grew up in, along with many others.

Carola Bartz said...

It's a lovely barn, and the yellow certainly isn't yellow anymore. I quite like it (although I still prefer the red ones).

Diane said...

Gosh, quite a spread! I don't think I ever saw a barn quite like that. Cool!

Cranberry Morning said...
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Cranberry Morning said...

Haha, Podso. No, they actually did repaint it, thank goodness. :-)

Ginny said...

This barn is better than a lot of people's houses!

Jerralea said...

What a wonderful barn! I don't think I've ever seen one like it.

Wonderful photos!

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

That is huge Judy! I really thought it was a French Chateau at first with the turret to the side. What an amazing place, and a gorgeous colour. Whoever lives there is incredibly lucky!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

The colour used to repaint the barn and house is very nice, the whole property is well kept.
If we had a farm, I'd be colour coordinating everything. ;-)
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Judy.

Carla from The River said...

My mom always wanted to buy that place. She always thought it was so pretty. I think it was for sale for a long time??

Debby said...

I love that barn. We had an old one like that down the road from us. I was so sad when I saw it being torn down. But it was just being moved to the Longaberger Homestead. So I can visit my barn anytime.

Terri D said...

It is, indeed, a lovely property and the barn is HUGE. That took more than a couple of gallons of paint to cover all that wood. My goodness!!

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a huge barn/hotel. It's definitely attractive and I'm sure pricey. The history is interesting as well. You got some beautiful photos.

Rue said...

What a beautiful piece of history! If I ever end up on that side of the country again, I'll definitely head over there :)

rue

Rose said...

Oh, my! What a beauty! I'd love to live where I got to see that one occasionally...or every day would be even better.

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, It's Beth said...

gorgeous snowy fence shots. what a view. so pretty. ( :

i see a comment about elegant barns ... it depends to me ... i have seen some barns that are very well kept & just to amazing. and you know that they probably did cost a fortune to make and too keep looking so elegant. ha. ha!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Everything looks so pretty with that layer of snow...hope you don't get a bunch more though! Enjoy your week my friend! Stay safe. Hugs, Diane

Debbie said...

oohhhhh no, it's not, it's just gorgeous!! Love the color, love the style, silo....everything about this barn and property is just beautiful!!

Lynne said...

STUNNING . . . wow, do I like that barn, windows, entrance. Would love to go inside! Bet the new color is an improvement to the yellow. Would that color be ochre?

Felicia said...

oh yes this looks like a lovely, peaceful spot.

glad you went back for pics.

September Violets said...

That is one nice barn! Love those arched windows. Wendy x

Cheryl said...

I know I said that all barns should be painted red, but I'll make an exception with this one. It is quite pretty!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Wow! This is a beautiful barn and farm! I'm glad they re-painted it a better color.

Nancy Shuman said...

I know people who live in a gigantic, beautiful barn made into a house. It's magnificent, a showplace!

Love the pictures, love this barn.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow that is a beauty! So picturesque. I would love to stay there.

newenglandgardenandthread said...

That is one gorgeous homestead. I love the color and the barn is almost too beautiful to be called a barn. To think of all the animals that called that wonderful structure home over the years, makes me smile. :-)

Tanya Breese said...

wow, it's gorgeous!

bj said...

O, it is, indeed, a lovely barn.
I love the new color....

Missy George said...

What a beautiful barn..Nicer than some houses..Huge!!

Marie said...

I really love yellow barns because they are so unusual...but the paint job they did on this beautiful structure is very calming and nice. Like it a lot!

Amy Burzese said...

Well, it certainly is not ugly now. What a beautiful place. It is hard to believe that that is just a barn. Really? Thanks for joining this week!

Stephanie said...

To me it is a beautiful building, nice color!

Powell River Books said...

That's sure a fancy barn. Pampered cows I bet. - Margy

Judy said...

I thought it was a house!! I have never seen so many windows, or such elegant windows, on a barn!!

Terri B said...

Reminds me a little of the beautiful horse barns we saw in Kentucky. Gorgeous!

White Lace and Promises said...

How absolutely beautiful! Alot of barns are being made into homes or venues for weddings and such. So nice.

Happy@Home said...

That is a very nice looking barn and the history attached is so interesting. The bright blue sky and white of the snow really highlight the barn well.

Donna said...

That is one of the most beautiful and fancy barns I have ever seen...glad they heard you and painted it!

Theresa said...

OH MY GOODNESS, that is ONE huge BARN! Love it! Enjoy your evening dear friend, HUGS!

Michelle F said...

Oh my, it's beautiful!
So glad they painted it so we could see it's beauty!

Red Rose Alley said...

Judy, this property is beautiful and with such history, being built in the 1800-1900's. I love to look at old historic homes like this. And the color is a creamy yellow, not bad at all. It looks charming. How I would love to visit Wisconsin someday.

~Sheri

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

What beautiful property dressed in white snow. The new paint color is rather pretty now. Love historic sites like this and such great history.
Great fence lining the drive in.
I am visiting today from Good Fences.
Hugs

TexWisGirl said...

still one of the coolest barns, ever! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Fancy-schmancy!

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos! This would be a place worthy of exploring.

Karen S. said...

It certainly isn't! Wow, what a beauty it is too.

Ruth Kelly said...

It has too many windows for a barn.

Ida said...

That is some fancy looking barn. I do like the color, it doesn't look yellow at all. It was quite interesting reading about the history of this place. Oh yes, the fencing was nice too.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

A palace for cows?

Meet Queen Moo!
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Melissa said...

I was going to take issue with the ugly phrase; glad it got the repaint. It's a very nostalgic color. Beautiful winter farm for sure!

Pauline Woodcock said...

That is a very elegant barn, I'd be happy to call it home. The new paint colour certainly suits it.

Karen Schurr said...

Now that goes beyond the term "barn". Quite pretty. My daughter went to Beloit College, and we'd travel around Wisconsin everytime we went up there to visit. Loved seeing all the round barns. None left in Ohio.

Donna said...

What a beauty!

J_on_tour said...

Nicely composed photo through the trees.

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