Sunday, August 12, 2018

Vanishing Landscapes - Old Barns

Little by little, Swain County's history vanishes every year, both in terms of the loss of the people who once called it home, but also in the buildings that are torn down for various reasons. Lately I've been taking long drives through the county in search of old places to photograph before they, too, disappear forever. Today in lieu of a lengthy piece, I thought I'd share some photos of some of the old barns in the county - both past and present. Most of these are from the western end of the county.

If any of you, my wonderful readers,have particular memories of these barns or the folks who owned them, please do share in the comments or via email ( Additionally, if you know of any old barns that you'd like to see photographed, please reach out to me and I'll be happy to do that so long as they are easily accessed (I'd love to do another photo series on them).


Upper Brush Creek

Bryson Branch (note the antique car under it)

Cowan Wikle's barn in Lauada (just off NC 28)
Information provided by Bill Burnette

Old Deep Creek Road

Silvermine Creek

Wesser Creek

Lower Brush Creek


All photos taken by Wendy Meyers
Bill Burnette (ownership of barn in Lauada)