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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Calendar > Arts and Culture

Raising the barn in Grahamsville

By Anthony Morgano - reporter/photographer

By: Contributed photo
Zeke Boyle measures a piece of wood for the restoration of the Huff Barn. Farm 6 The Huff Barn's support beams that will eventually hold up the entire structure.
GRAHAMSVILLE — The Time and the Valleys Museum in Grahamsville, is riding a wave of nostalgia, taking part in the Lost Farm Project, currently reconstructing and repairing the Huff Barn from the area of South Hill. The building is being raised high on a hill behind the museum.
The Lost Farm Project will showcase not only the simplicity of life in the past, but also the stress caused when lands were seized to build the New York City reservoirs.
Museum President Dick Coombe explained how the project will showcase the barns, which are works of art.
“Most of these old barns are falling on hard times,” he said.
“The exhibit will have interesting interpretations,” said Donna Steffens, Director of Time and the Valleys Museum, “from a kid who is forced to leave his childhood home to an adult losing their land.

Zeke Boyle of Beechwoods Barns in Narrowsburg is taking the lead on the Huff Barn project, which is a post and beam barn from the 1860s.
“I hadn't paid much attention to the barn on our farm growing up,” recalled Boyle, “but my attention was piqued when I saw the way they were constructed.”
He built his resume with the restoration of the Van Leuven Cabin on the Mohonk Preserve in Ulster County, the restoration of the 1830 boathouse at West Point, and by consulting for the National Park Service.
The museum is hoping to have the Lost Catskill Farm Project open in 2017.
The public can “adopt” a building and have a plaque placed in their honor. Visit to learn more about adopting the house for $60,000, the hen house for $3,000, or the sap house for $7,000.

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