Phil and Linda Stafford own the Ward-Stafford Barn, which is estimated to be over 100 years old.
The barn is a timber frame, three-bay transverse barn with gable end doors. It’s currently being restored.
“We’ve been here 42 years,” said Phil Stafford. “We were always looking for an old house, and this has been our project ever since.”
The barn had fallen into disrepair, and has been on the family’s to-fix list for years.
“Needless to say, we had to have a giant barn sale last year to get rid of 40 years’ worth of stuff,” Stafford said. “It was fun. We got to meet neighbors. One of the fun things about doing the barn is neighbors and total strangers will stop by to ask what we’re doing and say they love it.
“We get a lot of appreciation from people for restoring the barn. It makes us feel good.
“Barns have a special place in people’s hearts. People love barns.”
The family moved the barn further away from the railroad tracks. They moved it onto a slab with radiant heating.
To offset expenses of restoring the barn, the family plans to rent the barn to tourists.
View the virtual barn tour at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRBCaMXGAyc.
To donate to the Indiana Barn Foundation campaign, visit fundly.com/support-indiana-barn-foundation.
Learn more at www.indianabarns.org.