to the owners of the “woman’s lib” barn


Dear Owners of the “Woman’s Lib Barn”,

Your youngest son (or maybe it’s daughter – not sure as they post under “youngest of five”) has posted a couple of comments about my photos of the barn. At  first he or she seemed  happy I was photographing it, now he or she seems angry.  So I thought I would just lay it out:

This is my favorite barn in Chester County.  It is the first one I really noticed when I moved here.  It spoke to me.  As a woman I find myself often torn between the old and new, and the old roles of women versus the women of today. It also speaks to me because to me it also represents the uniqueness, individuality, and independence of the people of Chester County – traits I admire and respect.

I love photographing barns, have been doing that for years.

But I never go on anyone’s property without an invitation, so to put your son or daughter’s  mind at ease, I thought I should tell you that straight up. All photos were taken from the public street.

In addition he or she is upset because I repeated some of the speculation as to why the barn is painted the way it is. That isn’t creative license, it is conversation on something that is a community conversation piece.  I imagine that if you were uncomfortable with any of the speculation you would have painted the barn over years ago, obliterating the statement “this is women’s lib?”

But you didn’t.  So I imagine on some level it amuses you. If I were you, the wondering by those who don’t know would make me smile as much as having such a cool old barn to call my own.

In my humble opinion, photographing your barn shows no disrespect, only love of an awesome barn that makes me smile every time I go past it.

I get that I am new to Chester County, but I think your son or daughter is taking umbrage where none is needed, because no disrespect or malice is intended.  I admire he or she going to the mat for family, it shows great love. But I am not the only one who has ever photographed, commented, or written about the barn.  I have seen it in local media too.

Anyway, would love to meet y’all sometime, but hopefully under pleasant circumstances.

Thank you for having such a cool barn.

just a barn again …..

My sweet man undoubtedly finds it amusing that I have such a love affair with this barn in particular.  I can’t help it, I love to take her picture in all her faded glory.  And her slogan always tickles my funny bone as I try to imagine why exactly that ended up on a barn  at the time.  People talk about this barn often enough, but I am sure none of us have ever heard the whole story. (truthfully I would love to write about it, so if this is your barn and you read this, feel free to leave a comment.)

Yes, once again I have been taking photos of the “This is Woman’s Lib?”  barn.

Call me a barn again.

All in all, I love photographing barns as much as old houses.  They have character and a tale to tell.   I look at them and can’t help but wonder what their history is.  Chester Country has fabulous barns.   Much more fun than planted houses and nouveau construction.