Help celebrate Vashon’s Historic Barns by noticing the historic barns around you, and help the Vashon Heritage Museum celebrate and build an inventory and tour of Vashon’s Historic Barns by nominating your barn, or a barn you love, to the Museum’s developing registry of Vashon Historic Barns.
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s sponsored their first ever Barn Week, in September, and . the Vashon Heritage Museum wants to celebrate Vashon’s historic and heritage barns by collecting stories about Vashon’s barns and identifying historic barns on the island. If you own an historic barn, or know of an historic barn, or drive by a Vashon barn that you have always wondered about, please let us know at the Vashon Heritage Museum (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by contacting Bruce Haulman at (email@example.com), and we will contact the owner and see if they would like their barn identified as an Historic Vashon Barn.
There are a number of historic barns on Vashon. The oldest known barn on Vashon is the Jedediah Paige Barn, a classic Gable-Style Barn built in 1890 on the Westside of Vashon. The Paige Barn, now owned by Molly and Hal Green, has stood as a sentinel to the changes Cove has experienced in the past 120 years. A beautiful historic barn, seen from Wax Orchard
Road, is the barn now owned by Laurie Geissinger. Originally built in the 1920s and serving as the center of a farm that included a sizable chicken barn as well, the farm and barn has been a fixture of the Redding’s Beach Loop for the past century.
Not all historic barns have been as lucky as the Paige/Green or Geissinger Barn to have found stewards to preserve them. The Millbrook Farm Barn, better known as the Jesus Barn, was a built in 1910 by the Sherman Family in Paradise Valley and named after Millbrook Village in New York’s Hudson River Valley, where the Sherman family originated. During the early 1970’s, the word Jesus was painted in large letters on the barn by the counter-culture collective living in the house, thus giving it the name, The Jesus Barn. The field east of the Jesus Barn was the site of the infamous 1971 Vashon Rock Concert, Vashon’s answer to Woodstock. The barn collapsed in 1983 after a heavy snowfall following cutting away many of the interior timbers to be used for firewood and disappeared as a convenient landmark and as a reminder of Millbrook Farms place in the valley.
Barns are the sentinels of Vashon agricultural past. They stand guard and keep alive the memory of what drove the Vashon economy for over half a century. Barns stand as points of continuity as everything around them changes. Help the Vashon Heritage Museum celebrate and build an inventory and tour of Vashon’s Historic Barns.