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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hex Barns

As we traveled through the farmland of Pennsylvania, we had the opportunity to go on a driving tour known as the Kutztown Hex Barn Tour. On this tour, we saw barns decorated with Folk Art designs known as hex signs. With a map in hand and packing several cameras, we traveled through the beautiful countryside to find 20 of these old barns.

Barn paintings, usually in the form of stars in circles, would include birds, tulips, hearts and geometric figures. Stories handed down through the years say they were done to either ward off evil or the other said, "They're just for nice." To learn more about the Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, go here.

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  1. I love photos of old barns and these are exceptional.

  2. Great photos! Thanks for sharing! Love old barns!!

  3. That is so cool. I never knew that. I have never knew about Hex barns. They are pretty too. Thanks for sharing.

  4. how cool! they remind me of the 'quilt block' barns i've seen on several blogs.

    you should link these up to Tricia's Barn Charm at www.bluffareadaily.blogspot.com

  5. Oh I just love those old barns! What a neat girls' trip you're on! Can't wait to see more pictures of that area.

  6. Ah, Welcome to Barn Charm! Ya know, it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly HUGE the barns are up north... I just can't get over it!

    They're all very beautiful shots & fascinating artwork, too. I love them all, but I'm partial to stone foundations. =)

    Thank you so very much for joining in & linking up to Barn Charm & can't wait to see the others from your trip!

    Have a great weekend

  7. I love them too. I grew up in PA and my Great-grandmother was full blood PA Dutch. We had hex signs too! xo Diana

  8. What a fun outing! I've never heard of hex barns before. I enjoyed your gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing. ☺