Friday, September 2, 2011

Rotten Barn

A month ago, on one of the cooler days of the summer, we drove out to Bucks County and saw a sign along the road: "barn sale." There was an arrow pointing up a small road, so we made the left.

We slowly drove up the driveway of the farm and could see a man sitting in a chair at the top of a grassy hill which led right up to the barn doors. We parked and slowly approached the barn, enjoying the breezy day, and wondering what it was like inside. I think the last time I was actually in a barn would have been back in grade school on a school trip. It's a pretty ominious thing, all that wood and empty space. And quiet. I wasn't expecting that. The wind was blowing hard and you could hear it muffled against the old wood, but even though sunlight was pouring through the cracks between the planks, the air inside was cool and still. Very peaceful.

We sifted through the old dust-covered jars and tools and magazines and furniture. I looked over a rail and could see that we were pretty high above the barn floor. Old stone walls framed the base of the barn. And you could smell the earthy coolness down there. All I could think of was that I wanted to be that guy, sitting out there, reading a book. And inside my barn would be a Haunted Walk-Through, open all year long. A passage of corpses, rafters of ghosts, an opening through which you could see some slightly disturbing scarecrows off in a field.

Pretty fun thought. Been thinking of it quite a bit.




13 comments:

Adsila said...

I like your idea on how this creepy old barn should be decorated. Sounds like a great place to have a yard sale or rather barn sale.

Jay's Shadow said...

Would of loved to been there....

Arcane said...

I hear ya Rot. Old barns are so cool. I've been seeing many "come dismantle and remove our barn for us" ads lately on craigslist. It is sad to see all many of these old historic structures gone when they could be used for some pretty cool haunting purposes. Most of them I see are in really nice condition too. I dream of "transplanting" an old barn onto my property...someday.

Mantan Calaveras said...

Sounds like a retirement plan.

Shani said...

Love it! I think about that all the time myself....would love to get into that sort of thing some how...

crudedoodle.com said...

man, sounds so nice. I'd buy a long wooden wizard pipe.

Marrow said...

I remember an old post where you talked about living in a barn, with monsters in the corners and witches on the rafters.

This seems like a great idea! Tell me, are you ever going to make a garage walk-through in your haunt. I know the first thing that comes to mind is blacklights and plastic sheetings walls, but you could do it really, really well. :)

Rot said...

If I had a back exit and people could enter and then exit, I'd consider something like that.

Marrow said...

Make a back-exit.
;)
That's why we have chainsaws.

NoahFentz said...

During my visit to upstate NY this past summer we were on our way back home from the Saltman's Hotel and we passed an old barn. It looked like two sides of the barn's siding were removed exposing the framework. It looked like a skeleton barn. I regret not stopping and taking a pic. It was dusk. sigh.

If you don't find anything you like in PA Mr. Rot there are plenty in upstate NY. Lots of land too.

I imagine you wearing denim overalls too.

K.O. said...

YES! I would kill to walk through your barn...

Shani said...

You with a walk through would = fantastic!!!!!!! This is your calling! I could work for you....I work cheap ;-)

Shani said...

Wait...I should say...I'd work for free. The experience alone of learning from the best would warrent that. ;)