Matt Quinn wrote:... Seeing in Sixes:The Soul of a Barn
Old buildings enchant me.
The Mountjoy Barn, built pre-1798, originally sat on a slave farm in Ellicott City, Maryland. In 2007, a developer bought the property and donated the barn to Howard County, which then moved it to Woodstock, MD.
The building is an English wheat barn, constructed of hand-hewn oak and chestnut, with posts, beams and braces held together by wooden pegs, pounded into holes bored through the mortise and tendon joints.
Wheat was beaten with a threshing flail, breaking the grain and separating the seed from the husks. On windy days, the huge barn doors were opened and the threshed grain was scooped up in a sieve and tossed into the air. The chaff was carried away by the wind while the heavier grain fell back into a tray.
Sitting or standing alone in the barn, I imagine the souls of those who worked there as still resident, blessing the space with their silent presence.
And I have found some peace there, a passing of time without movement, a moment alone with the quiet chorus of lives passed. They had little time to sit.
I sit for them.
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