One of the few remaining round barns in Rush County needs help. This barn, belonging to the Green family, is visible from State Road 52 and Old 44, located at 2064 W Old 44. It is endangered. Its roof has failed, it is seldom used, and it is deteriorating rapidly.
Rush County Heritage, a historic preservation society, is determined to save the barn, but they need community help. They plan to dismantle and store the barn until a future viable use is found.
The Green family has graciously consented to donate the barn for this purpose. Heritage has received a seed money grant from the Efroymonson Fund, which helps such projects statewide, but matching funds from the community are needed.
“It’s a great start, but we have a ways to go,” Heritage president Larry Stout said.
Fundraising has already started and donations for the project are actively being sought.
If you have questions about the project, you may contact Stout or Eleanor Arnold at 932-5204. Donations can be sent directly to the Rush County Heritage treasurer, Carl Harcourt, 4937 W 900 S, Milroy, IN 46156.
Barns of this type were built around the early 1900s. Round barns were greeted with enthusiasm, or sometimes with derision. The Great Depression years and World War II almost halted barn construction. By the time prosperity returned, farming practices and building needs had changed. Round barns became an interesting piece of farm history.
“This barn is a connection to our past and to the importance of agriculture in Rush County’s history. We know the community will support the project generously,” says Stout with Arnold and J.P. Hall of Indiana Landmarks.