The Cummings Family of Vanderburgh County owns this barn. The
exact age is unknown, but it was built in the early 1900's. The
barn is located in the Ohio River bottoms, thus the need to build the
barn above the potential floods, on stilts. Floods are a regular
occurrence in this part of Indiana. Therefore, livestock farming
was rejected for crop farming. The lower area was built into
stalls for the work horses and mules. During the hot summer days,
the stall area of the barn was quite cool for the animals' comfort.
Today, horses and mules no longer pull the plows and the barns are too
small for the harvest so they are used for equipment storage.
I developed this large painting from my plein air
painting and photographs.