Old Country Barns exhibit now open at the GBHS Museum

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Doug Logan

The Great Barrington Historical Society’s exhibit entitled “Old Country Barns: Models of the American Barn by Doug Logan” is now open at the GBHS Museum. The display features 36 different barns along with detailed drawings and descriptions of barn construction techniques used in America since the 1600’s. Barn models will include those found in New England, the Mid-Atlantic states, the South and the Midwest.

Also included in the exhibit are barn quilts created by master quilter Doreen Atwood of Great Barrington, and photographs of barns taken by author and photographer Stephen Donaldson.

Beautiful barn quilt by Doreen Atwood

Modeler Doug Logan lives in Great Barrington with his wife, Connie, who is also a master quilter. He always had an appreciation for barns and farmers’ outbuildings that, although vanishing, still dot the countryside. Inspired by the book An Age of Barns by Eric Sloane, Logan decided to make model barns using the book as his reference.

Spending upwards of 50 hours in his basement workshop on each model, Logan uses mixed media including wood, plaster, cement, stones and paint. His models have been exhibited at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, the Eric Sloane Museum in Kent, Connecticut, and the Covered Bridge Museum in Bennington, Vermont.

Photo of old barns and tons of pumpkins, by Stephen Donaldson

The exhibit is free and open to the public and continues through October. Museum hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm, and Monday through Thursday from 9am to noon.

The GB Historical Society is the first organization in town to earn the GB S.A.F.E. seal for following state and local guidelines that ensure a safe environment for visitors.

GB S.A.F.E. seal

All visitors and tour guides wear a mask, use hand sanitizers and all exhibit rooms are cleaned and sanitized. Social distancing is also practiced. A maximum of five people per tour group will be enforced.

For more information, please contact the Society at 413-591-8702 or info@gbhistory.org.

 

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