119-year-old barn moves to new home, owner sells to Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch

119-year-old barn moves to new home, owner sells to Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch

At 119 years old, Lee Bates big yellow barn still stands tall. “It’s very old, but it’s in wonderful shape,” Bates said. Lee Bates said the barn has been in her husband’s family for three generations. “My husband’s grandfather got it in the civil war patent on the land. So, it’s been in the family forever,” Bates said. Many who drive by the barn on State Street recognize it. “Everybody knew where the barn was,” Bates said. “It’s just one of my favorite barns,” Skinny Bones co-owner Maria Bledsoe said. Now the barn has a new home. Bates said as Omaha expands, land is going up for sale all around her property. “It’s just time,” Bates said. Bates put the barn up for sale and Bledsoe made a call. “I immediately looked at my husband and said, ‘We got to get the barn. Let’s get it,'” Bledsoe said. Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch is eight miles down the road in Blair. Bledsoe said the barn will bring a nostalgic feel to Skinny Bones. “You drive down the highway you don’t see old barns anymore. The next generation, they are not going to have that,” Bledsoe said. What once held grain, hay and farm animals will now be a gift shop, bakery, pumpkin patch weigh station and have a dedicated wall to Welland ‘Doc’ Bates, Lee Bates’ late husband. “We just feel that, that’s the least that we can do. Plus, I’m a firm believer in showing people what the legacy and what the history was of something that you acquire,” Bledsoe said. “I’m glad to see it live on with Maria. She’s going to be a great owner. She’ll take care of it rather than have it torn down,” Bates said. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the move and most recent storms pushed them even further behind. “That had me concerned because of the winds, but they actually came out the night before and strapped it down,” Bledsoe said. Now, the clouds have cleared. Bledsoe said she is ready to get the barn to its new home before Skinny Bones opens in the fall. “Keep preserving these babies. I just love them. If you see something out there that you’ve always admired, go for it. Even if you have to dig a little deeper in your pocketbook,” Bledsoe said. The barn will follow a route on Highway 133. Officials told Bledsoe that because of the risk of traffic, the move will have to be overnight. The barn will begin to travel around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

At 119 years old, Lee Bates big yellow barn still stands tall.

“It’s very old, but it’s in wonderful shape,” Bates said.

Lee Bates said the barn has been in her husband’s family for three generations.

“My husband’s grandfather got it in the civil war patent on the land. So, it’s been in the family forever,” Bates said.

Many who drive by the barn on State Street recognize it.

“Everybody knew where the barn was,” Bates said.

“It’s just one of my favorite barns,” Skinny Bones co-owner Maria Bledsoe said.

Now the barn has a new home. Bates said as Omaha expands, land is going up for sale all around her property.

“It’s just time,” Bates said.

Bates put the barn up for sale and Bledsoe made a call.

“I immediately looked at my husband and said, ‘We got to get the barn. Let’s get it,'” Bledsoe said.

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch is eight miles down the road in Blair. Bledsoe said the barn will bring a nostalgic feel to Skinny Bones.

“You drive down the highway you don’t see old barns anymore. The next generation, they are not going to have that,” Bledsoe said.

What once held grain, hay and farm animals will now be a gift shop, bakery, pumpkin patch weigh station and have a dedicated wall to Welland ‘Doc’ Bates, Lee Bates’ late husband.

“We just feel that, that’s the least that we can do. Plus, I’m a firm believer in showing people what the legacy and what the history was of something that you acquire,” Bledsoe said.

“I’m glad to see it live on with Maria. She’s going to be a great owner. She’ll take care of it rather than have it torn down,” Bates said.

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the move and most recent storms pushed them even further behind.

“That had me concerned because of the winds, but they actually came out the night before and strapped it down,” Bledsoe said.

Now, the clouds have cleared. Bledsoe said she is ready to get the barn to its new home before Skinny Bones opens in the fall.

“Keep preserving these babies. I just love them. If you see something out there that you’ve always admired, go for it. Even if you have to dig a little deeper in your pocketbook,” Bledsoe said.

The barn will follow a route on Highway 133. Officials told Bledsoe that because of the risk of traffic, the move will have to be overnight. The barn will begin to travel around 10 p.m. Wednesday.

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