They are so common that they become invisible. Motorists pass by, paying little attention. But consider this an invitation. Drive down almost any Delaware County road and focus on the barns. At first glance they may seem similar, but observe more carefully. Straight roofs and rounded roofs. White, red, yellow and often unpainted. Notice locations – next to the road, across a pastured field, in a valley rather than on a hilltop. Surrounded by black and white Holstein cows. Modernized as an office or battered by time and failing. This is an invitation to travel the back roads and look again at one of the most omnipresent, and threatened, symbols of Delaware County’s rural heritage.
slideshow Photos from the Driving Tour of Delaware County barns brochure.