||One of the most beautiful barns in town. This double high drive building is owned by the Webb family. It is amazing how the Webbs have adapted this old building to modern farming without damaging it's beauty. This building is equally magnificent on the inside. During my younger years I never notice, I was to busy stacking hay.
I recently was sent these thoughtful comments about this barn from the decendents of it's original owners. Thank you for the first hand information.
Hi Henry: You may recall your help to me a few years ago when I was researching Ryan ancestors of my wife's and of her second cousin Joanne Ryan Duffy. Joanne e-mailed us last week to tell us about the barn pictures in your photo gallery, including David Shea's beautiful photos of Doug Webb's place on Buck Hollow Road. That farm was formerly owned by Thomas F. Ryan, my wife's grandfather (an uncle of Joanne's), from the 1910's until he died in 1933. My wife's father, Francis Ryan was raised on that farm, and my wife remembers visiting the place in the summer in her early years. We had the pleasure of meeting Doug Webb at the house three years ago.
Please pass along to David Shea that if he wants to take photos of some other beautiful old barns, he should check out the other farm that Thomas Ryan owned until his death in 1933, a farm in Jericho that he moved to in 1926. [He retained the Buck Hollow farm and rented it out.]
The Jericho house and barn that still stand on Route 15 in the center of Jericho, across the street from the Jericho Elementary School. The house and barn date from the 1830's; the barn is very large, with a fancy cupola on top, but is in very bad structural condition and, I fear, may not last many more years. It is no longer in agricultural use, and the current owners seem to have no interest in saving it.
I hope you are still in good health, and when you next see Doug Webb please extend to him our best wishes also. Ed and Pat Daniel
Rockville, Maryland (PS---My wife was very close to Joanne's father, Paul Ryan.)