Great American Barns: Dulls Tree Farm

December 22, 2016 03:52 PM

Dulls Tree Farm in Boone Co., Ind. got its start in 1985, but the property and barn is much older.

The classic red siding and white washed trim is in perfect holiday harmony with the green pines and firs that decorate Indiana homes at Christmas.

The Dull family uses the barn for their Christmas tree business, a piece of architecture dating back to 1888.

“[Tom] is the visionary on how we can preserve history and bring that to the general public that is so far removed from the farm and from history,” said Kerry Dulls, co-owner of Dulls with her husband, Tom.

“I’ve always had an affinity for old buildings, [and I] always wanted an old cabin,” said Tom.

While there are two cabins on the farmstead, the barn is the big focal point.

“I’ve often thought about the man who built this barn,” said Tom. “When he built it, it would have been where he made his livelihood, where he birthed his cattle, where he birthed his horses, fed his sheep, his livestock.”

While the tree barn takes center stage, an old converted granary has a vital role to the business as a wreath barn. It was built in 1869.

“I think this building is quite a unique building for wreath making,” said Kerry. “Not just a pole building with four walls and that’s it. There’s character to it.”

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