Agricultural Heritage of the Bluegrass
Published by: Indiana University Press
From horses to tobacco to bourbon, the barn is at the heart of Kentucky's heritage and industry and is a staple of the Bluegrass landscape. In Kentucky Barns: Agricultural Heritage of the Bluegrass, Carol Peachee showcases the barns with exquisite photography.
From elegant Thoroughbred farms to historical treasures like the 1803 stone barn of Runnymede Farm in Bourbon County, Peachee travels across the state to capture and preserve the diverse architecture, heritage, and design that make these structures special. A beautiful tribute to the legacy of the Bluegrass State, Kentucky Barns features nearly 400 full-color photos of both the interior and exterior of these beautiful and functional icons of American culture and industry.
Foreword by Mary Berry
Introduction by Janie-Rice Brother
Artist Statement: Photographing Kentucky's Agricultural Heritage
Kentucky Barns is unique in the world of photographic barn books, curiously reexamining this seemingly familiar building type and the ways in which it has sheltered the agricultural practices of our ancestors and the cultural identity of the Bluegrass State. Carol Peachee's book artfully embraces a wide array of historic barns—their construction, use, location, and history—presenting the reader with the opportunity to explore all the ways in barns have contributed to Kentuckians' sense of place. As we watch the slow demise of these buildings across the country, this book reminds us exactly what it is that we're losing.~Danae Peckler, former president of the National Barns Alliance