The Big Barn
Keewatin Farm had been looking for a barn - after all, we
are involved with horses. The original barn is still here
but was converted to a machine shed more than twenty years
ago. So when we learned that new owners of nearly property
no longer wanted a big barn located in their farmstead, we
became interested. It was in remarkably good shape for an
80-year old structure, and was definitely worthy of an extended
It seemed relatively easy at first - early financial calculations
seemed to make it workable. But we have discovered since we
purchased the barn more than a year ago that a big barn can
mean a big job. The planning, the excavation, and the concrete
work were all more intense because this new-to-us barn has a
unique feature - a walkout basement at one end - a feature we
wanted to repeat on the new site.
Moving it will be a feat - the moving company will take a week
just to make the barn ready to move. And the whole neighbourhood
wants to be on hand to see this event.
And it will be an event. But we want this barn to be notable
for events. It will certainly be in its history - for a period
in its life it was used for weekly summer barndances. We obviously
expect to use the lower portion for horses but the upper section
is suitable for a wide variety of functions - such diverse events
such as art installations, concerts, dances, business retreats,
group gatherings, family re-unions, perhaps weddings.
Of course, this won’t happen immediately. There is much
work to be done but that is the plan. We’ll keep you up
Anyone who is interested in seeing the move in person should
let us know and we can notify you. Otherwise, just keep this
page bookmarked and check it out from time to time.