This was the news story that many people probably remember and which the Yousey family must know better than any. To some the barn complex truly was lost that day. As we strive to save it even today we still hear people say that it is a lost cause but not everything is so easily lost in fire. For those who have not seen what that fire did to our barns, here is your sneak peak at the inside.
We are making every effort to ensure that this complex of barns dating back to 1808 are safe and standing for many years to come and hope that these burned portions allow them to remain even longer still. In Japanese burning wood as a stylized preservation technique is known as shou-sugi-ban and the idea is that not only is harder to burn again but it also keeps the rot and pests away.
It also has a sort of beauty when you stand inside the middle of the high vaulted 1898 barn and are surrounded by this immense structure that has survived so much and for so long. We hope that we can share it with you all one day soon but before then we have much fundraising and engineering to do to insure that when the Forsyth Tavern reopens it doors, it and everyone that visits it are safe.
A Repairer of Ruin
*Motto of the Clan Forsyth*