Today, most barns in Lovell are not "working" barns. Sure they may hold tractors, tools, equipment and lots of stuff, but chances are strong that the barn was not constructed for that purpose. Purists may question the different use but it is probably the evolving uses of these large structures that have helped to save them from destruction.
The exteriors of the barns are always fascinating to look at and admire, but it is the interiors that tell the real story. The type of construction, how many levels, what type of animals were stored there and what sort of changes were made over the decades.
This Sunday, the Lovell Historical Society is providing the opportunity for everyone to satisfy their curiosity as to just what is in that barn that you are always driving by! There will be eight pre-Civil War barns available to visit, examine and admire. A variety of styles and sizes including a former dairy barn with two interior silos and an existing working barn housing pigs and cattle.
After the tour, participants are invited to attend a cocktail party at the Pleasant Point Inn where there will be entertainment, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets for this event are $20, available at the Historical Society. The Barn Tour is from 1-4 with the Cocktail Party from 4-6. Call 207-925-3234.
For more information on Maine barns, please visit Don Perkins' web site 'Our Barns'.