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Scattered across America, unique new purposes for beautiful old barns are being pitched, marketed and saved.

Old barn Ashe County, N.C.

Big working barn on Blue Ridge Parkway, Ashe County, N.C.

Amish inspired white barn, Ashe County, N.C.

Amish inspired white barn, Ashe County, N.C.

Old White Barn

Old white barn, Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C.

Inside old barn

Inside of an old barn

As the number of traditional farmers decreases, many barns are left empty and abandoned. According to the American Farmland Trust, over 72 million acres have been lost since 1982 and the trend is growing fast. These barns are easier to spot on country roads, roads less traveled or on the mountainside.

Thanks to resourceful ideators, the revival of these old barns is on the rise.

Old barn with American flag

Old barn with American flag

As the farming industry changes, so does the need to reinvent the barns. These faded glory iconic structures are being modified to produce cheese and grow vegetables like mushrooms, spinach, lettuce and micro greens. And organic farmers are hopping on the trend with barley, hay, wheat and blue corn.

It’s not just the food farmers redefining the use of old barns, but other industries like wine, animal shelters, and flower shops are quickly starting to emerge.

Barn weddings are taking place all over the country, offering the bride and groom more options to use a personal location. The casual wedding setting has been embraced by every generation, young and old. Wedding planners create a country rustic chic, by combining romantic outdoorsy beautiful details.

Barn wedding

Beautiful wedding table seating

Barn wedding

Country sophistication barn wedding

Celebrities such as Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, has greatly impacted wedding everywhere, not just country music fans. The old antique trucks, rope lighting and stuffing notes in mason jars have become mainstream at these weddings.

The hope is to save the old barns by continuing to explore new purposes for them. Have you given any thought to the old broken hillside barns you’ve seen recently? Maybe it was just a glimpse from the corner of your eye. Perhaps you’ve attended a barn wedding and considering planning your own event in a barn?

The ideas are endless. Do you have any?

Happy trails
Donna George

18 thoughts on “Unique New Purposes For Beautiful Old Barns

  1. Donna says:

    What great ideas for old beautiful barns

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  2. Donna George says:

    Yes:)) no need to destroy them.

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  3. From the outside they look like a puff of wind would blow them away, but inside, so sturdy and strong with big beams and posts. Beautiful, all of them. It would be a shame not to find a new life for them.

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  4. Donna George says:

    Yes I agree. Recently since attending a country wedding I started noticing them and how many were left empty. With all the progressive farming on the rise, I hope someone will make a new home for them. I love the animal rescues taking them, but the cities have to help them with funds. I have another wedding coming up in Oct in a beautiful barn called The Barn, Winnabow NC. Check it out online if you get a chance. It makes a lovely presentation. It’s a big business over here, 2500.00 just to use the barn without dishes food or furniture.

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  5. Wow, that is some lucrative industry for those barn owners. There are some great possibilities for them, which beats letting them remain or become derelict. Enjoy your wedding!

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  6. Himali Shah says:

    They are so lovely !! Wish I was staying in one of these 🙂

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  7. Donna George says:

    Gorgeous for weddings and family reunions too

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  8. Himali Shah says:

    Yeahhhh 🙂 makes me want to visit America even more now !


  9. Donna George says:

    Where do you live?

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  10. Himali Shah says:

    India !! You should come here some time for a trip 🙂


  11. Donna George says:

    Love to. I have a great friend from there. she is amazing – raised in London. Love her accent :))


  12. Himali Shah says:

    Whhhoooo! ! Yes.. 🙂 Do come soon..

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  13. Donna George says:

    My passport is out of date – got to get updates.

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  14. Himali Shah says:

    Hehe.. 😀 anytime u plan a trip to India do let me know 🙂 will make sure u have a blast here 🙂

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  15. Donna George says:

    Awesome – sounds amazing

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  16. Himali Shah says:



  17. Donna, I love the way you touch on so many different interests! Thanks also for liking one of our blogs every now and again. We appreciate it. Blessings to you and your family. Alida

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  18. Donna George says:

    Thank you❤️


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