B & R Farms
Farm Heritage Award Winner
Year of Award: 2008
Original Use: Grain, Hay, Livestock
Current Use: Equipment Storage, Hay, Other
The Hetherington's barn was built before 1875 on the farm that has been in the family since 1842. The barn was originally used to house livestock, hay, and grain. To this day the names of the draft horses and mules can still be seen on the original beams inside the barn.
Boots and Robin now use the 440 acres of the farm for corn, soybeans, and alfalfa, as well as strawberries, cucumbers, peppers, sweet corn, tomatoes, and eggplant. "We ship 15,000 packages of farm-raised produce every year," says Robin. The lower level of the barn is now used as their vegetable grading area for produce.
During the rehab, the Hetheringtons replaced all of the oak flooring, white oak beams, as well as the hemlock face boards. They took care and effort to match all lumber in size and species of wood. They also replaced the roof, cupola, and ventilators. With the addition of the strawberry hex signs, the Hetherington's barn was complete. An estimated $25,000 was spent on the rehab of this Farm Heritage winner. When asked about why they wanted to preserve their barn, the Hetheringtons replied, "It was a matter of pride in our farm. We are stewards of this land and it deserves our best effort."