Day 289 – The Walker Sisters Corn Crib

I thought this was the barn. Turns out it is the corn crib.  I had been wondering how it protected the mules and the pigs when it got snowed and iced. Evidently there was a barn but the park tore it down or moved it. 


The Walker Sisters Corn Crib the old Cedar was there during the sisters lifetime. 

 These structures were sometimes called “plunder sheds,” as farmers used them to store miscellaneous items such as barbed wire, brooms, firewood, and tools. From Wikipedia The Walker Sisters Cabin. You can read more about it here.

Painting the picture 

Drawn sitting on the sisters old log bench in the drizzly rain in my Stillman and Birn Zeta with a Noodler Conrad flex nib pen loaded with Noodler lexington grey ink. 

I started with a wash of Sky aka cerulean and trees – spring green and viridian. I let that dry and added the trees in the background with Indigo and raw Sienna in different strengths. 

The corn crib was painted with the same colors. Some burnt umber washed over the greys of the building. Also vermilion mixed with indigo. 

The dogwood was painted with white gouache. I get to impatient to wait for the masking to dry but I really need to use it. I think for the lacy looking dogwoods it would look better. 

The grass really was that bright from all the rain. It was made with spring green or sap green and viridian mixed with some negative painting.   
The interior of the cabin. That fireplace    had to let out a lot of heat!! I can’t imagine timbering the trees and chopping the wood to keep this fireplace roaring in the cold wintry weather. 

Star Chickweed growing on the side of the mountain. 


Crested Dwarf Iris  a small plant. The photo was take. With the iPhone be 6 resting on the ground. 


Another crested dwarf iris. It was a rainy drizzly day. Everything was set including us. 


Wild Geranium by the old roadside to the cabin. 


Greenbriar School above Metcalf Bottoms. The old school desks and black board are still in it. The cemetery is where the Walker family are buried. The sisters would have walked 2 miles from their cove to attend school or church here. There was a clapboard church built after this school where church was held until the park bought the land and tore down the church.    The sisters lived here almost another 40 years with their family and community gone  their 120 odd acres of land sold to the park for $4000. They were happy because they still had each other and could stay on their farm. Tough independent ladies. 

Thanks for looking. 

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