Happy Monday everyone!
DBA, I think it is wonderful that you have been able to literally hang on to so much family history. Not many people were able to do that - especially in these changing times. There is a guy down the road who bought about 50 acres and painstakingly moved in a big, two story white-washed farm house with a wrap around porch about a year ago and he has been slowly renovating it bit by bit. The house is very old and doesn't belong to anyone in his family, but apparently it has its own history and he believed it was worth saving and I admire him for that. I'm sure it is costing him way more than it is worth.
I get so excited when I meet people who have old barns and such and let me rummage through them. I get tickled to death when I find old horse related stuff - my favorite treasures to find are home made bits and home made iron horseshoes.