I have family living in South Whitley, Ind., and I couldn’t help but notice this old red barn standing behind a house in a neighborhood along State Street, which is also S.R. 5.
This is not far from where S.R. 5 crosses the railroad tracks. When I first saw the barn, I thought it was odd there would be a barn in a residential neighborhood. But when you look at the house it sits behind, you realize that when the house was built, there probably weren’t near as many houses around as there are now.
Whitley County property records available online show the barn was built in 1901 and the house, which is a beautiful piece of architecture, was built in 1885. At that time, this would have been considered close to the very edge of town. It may have been a small farm with livestock being raised on it. But the barn still stands today.