The Yellow Barn

12 Aug

If you’ve been following my last few posts, you’ll know this is a continuation of my recent fun visit to the Shenandoah Caverns complex in Quicksburg, Virginia. If you haven’t been reading my blog recently, be sure to see the previous post when you are through here. Assuming you enjoyed this post, of course. The post before that one describes my trip to the caverns and introduces you to the giant frog mentioned later in this post.

Anyway, continuing the visit story…

Once I’d finished immersing myself in parade relics at the American Celebration on Parade (ACOP) building, I went back across the road to see The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. I’d only planned on visiting the parade building, but how could I NOT investigate the big yellow barn with a giant frog in out front?

According to the Web site, The Yellow Barn (TYB) is Shenandoah Valley’s “…newest attraction and entertainment venue. It offers visitors a whimsical look at our agricultural heritage and rural life with historical displays that include restored antique farm wagons, equipment, carriages and vehicles.” That sort of makes it sound like it was built for that purpose. But you want to know what I think? I strongly suspect it was built to house the overflow from the owner’s super-cool collection of parade artifacts. Calling it an “entertainment venue” justifies its existence. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Where ACOP was on the dark side, lighting-wise, and crammed full of some things that could maybe scare little ones (if they’re the gentler sort who are creeped-out by clowns, Santa, the Easter Bunny, etc.), TYB is bright, airy, and jammed pack with cuteness.

TYB’s Web site summarizes the building’s contents as such:

Exhibits ranging from a 25-foot-long tobacco press to horse drawn wagons to early 20th-century tractors to a Model T Depot Hack once used to pick up passengers at the railroad station fill the 15,000-square-foot space. A 35-foot-tall treehouse sits inside one end of the building and is home to a family of five-foot-tall squirrels.

I guess you could call the exhibits educational. I just call them delightful.

After passing through the building’s lobby and entering the exhibit hall, I was amazed by the sheer volume of stuff displayed.

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Inside The Yellow Barn

 

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Inside The Yellow Barn

 

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Inside The Yellow Barn

 

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Inside The Yellow Barn

 

My cuteometer must have been firing because the first centerpiece exhibit I was drawn to was that squirrel treehouse mentioned above.

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Squirrels!

 

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The treehouse is absolutely adorable.

 

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Squirrel Family

 

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Mama Squirrel? Or Granny?

 

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Let’s call the Mama “Granny T’ and the Dad “Papa John.”

 

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Purple Bird

 

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So cute!

 

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I really, really liked Granny T.

 

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Granny T. rocks. 🙂

 

Just like at the ACOP building, I had to take my time and really look to see all of the delights tucked around the building.

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Happy Bees

 

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Smiley Guy

 

Speaking of bees… this guy was there, too.

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Creepy Bee

 

I thought he looked a bit creepy. All I could think of when I saw him was that movie, The Fly, with Jeff Goldblum.

There was a real beehive, too. I even captured a video for you. It’s very short, and might make you feel a bit buggy.

There were some cool ants, too.

 

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My Favorite Ant

 

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Happy Ant

 

Here are some cute donkeys.

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“Don’t make an ass of yourself. Smile.”

 

Do you see a face when you look at this tractor?

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Faces in Places submission?

 

And that’s what I saw inside of The Yellow Barn.

Do you love the squirrelly treehouse as much as I did?

6 Replies to “The Yellow Barn

  1. kathy

    hard to think about how much time it took to make all of those things, and how they are gathering dust in a building to be seen by very few people.

    I keep staring at that tractor and wonder how such a small steering shaft can turn that machine. Looks fragile to me

    bob: riding the wet coast

    • Bob, just think of how many of these type of things are just discarded and destroyed. At least here they are on display. I was there at an off-peak time. It’s much busier on weekends.

      I know what you mean about the tractor, but it’s pretty old. So it must have done a good job.

    • Dar, I was thinking the same about you when I was reading about your most-recent adventure. Great minds and all…

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