Monday, September 16, 2013

Two Charming Barns and a wind mill



There are two charming barns in the Historical Village. Barns in Florida are much smaller that  barns in other areas... Florida barns store hay and grain and supplies, the livestock stays outside year round.


Florida had cowboys and cows before the 1700's and the word Cracker House came from the cowboys using long braided whips to crack over the heads of the cattle.


Florida still raises cattle and has the 3rd largest number of cattle east of the Mississippi River.

If you are interested in Florida and the cow industry click on Florida Cows and Cowboys


You might get a chuckle if you enlarge the barn below, is that BLINDS in the window? Yes! it is.


34 comments:

Mersad said...

I didn't know Florida still raised so many cattle. But it does make sense because of the weather.And it's interesting (and good) to hear that the livestock roams freely outside.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

EG CameraGirl said...

I'm glad some land is still used by cattle farmers and that not all of the state has been gobbled up by developers. How interesting the barn has blinds!

Madi and Mom said...

Even though I know Florida has ranches and cowboys it still surprises me every time I hear it.
There are lots of horses in FL too right?
HUGS MADI YOUR BFFF

A Quiet Corner said...

So is someone living there???? It is very neat and tidy!...:)JP

Linda said...

I've learnt some more new facts about Florida. I wondered about the name 'cracker barn' and now I know why it's called that. I like seeing different barns and the way these are preserved
make them so interesting. You can see clearly how they were constructed. I like the double roof on the big barn - the lower one so practical and the beautiful texture and shades of the wood.

Blackberry Lane said...

I like these barns and learned something new today, too. Have a good Monday.

Willow said...

This is great I would love to have those little barns !!

Rebecca said...

Cow in Florida? Who knew? I thought they were all Disney characters down there. ahaha. just kidding.

Gail said...

Wonderful history! I would give my left nut to have those buildings here.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

THanks for the photo tour and info, Sandra. Never knew about the cowboys in FL, just imagined they were all in the west...watched too many old westerns growing up.

TexWisGirl said...

really sweet barns! better looking than texas barns. :)

SweetMarie said...

the blinds in the window made me laugh! :)

From the Kitchen said...

Barns around here reflect the heritage of the farmer. While there are pole barns, most barns have shapes that are quite different from those I've seen elsewhere. My particular favorite is the round barn.

Most of the windmills are now those really tall wind turbines.

Best,
Bonnie

Betsy Adams said...

Yes---it does look like blinds... Since it's a 'historical' village--I assume that they just spruced the barn up a little for others to see.....??????? ha

I love your photos from this old village... NEAT.
Hugs,
Betsy

Susannah said...

These are neat old barns and I am glad they can keep them restored for future generations.

George said...

Congratulations! You've photographed the first barn I've ever seen with blinds in the window.

Catherine said...

That is funny about the blinds! You wouldn't see that in Saskatchewan - haha!
xo Catherine

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That is a very neat little barn! Love it. I've seen curtains in a barn window, but I don't remember ever seeing blinds.

photowannabe said...

Learned some new things today from your post Sandra.
I wondered where the Cracker term came from and I didn't know about the cattle industry of Florida.
Interesting the reasoning for the smaller barns in Florida too. I guess it makes sense since it is basically a one weather state.
Love the shadow play on the side of the barn.
Great post.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm in love with both of them. If I had my dream farm I would those building and one that awesome house from the other day!!!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Pretty barns

Ginny said...

I LOVE these barns, they are in such great shape and so beautiful compared to the poor dilapidated ones we see on other blogs. These are pretty! And now I have seen everything, a barn with a palm tree beside it!!! The last two pictures are the best for me!!! Ohhhh, CRACKER House! I always thought the cowboys ate crackers out in the fields! And I love your fact about why your barns are so small, I never knew that.

Deb said...

love your windmill....only in Florida do you have palm trees and barns together...love it...

Dee said...

It makes since about the smaller barns...never thought of the cattle being outside all year. It is hard to wrap my mind around a palm tree growing next to a barn LOL...you live in a very unique state.

Ann said...

those barns do have a lot of charm. I like the size of them

Muffy's Marks said...

Cute charming little barns, so unlike the ones we have in Wisconsin!

Chatty Crone said...

Very different - and I think those were blinds. I did not know you had a lot of cattle there? sandie

Linda said...

I could live in that barn!!!

SquirrelQueen said...

I remember many years ago driving through various parts of FL and seeing cattle in the pastures. I'm glad to know it's still a thriving business. Like someone said above it is hard to comprehend a palm tree next to a barn.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I've certainly never seen a barn with blinds at the windows. We don't get that fancy here. LOL

Eva Ason said...

Lovely barns, they look so different from what I'm use to.

Betty Manousos said...

i love these little barns and the mill. so charming. and i did not know that you had a lot of cattle there!! i googled and was surprised to know that cattle ranching has been a staple of florida's economy for a long, long time..

Rose said...

I promised myself not to comment on every post but here this is the third...just have to tell you I love both of these, and could so see making that first one into a house or studio!

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

The whole cow/dairy industry is fascinating because after Pasteur taught us to pasteurize milk making it safer from bacteria in the 1800's milk was launched as a must have drink for health!
Humans don't really need cow's milk. Funny how easily a product can be launched as good and thousands flock to use it.