Kentucky Barns

Kentucky Barns

Agricultural Heritage of the Bluegrass
Carol Peachee, introduction by Janie-Rice Brother
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/01/2019
Format: Hardback 395 color illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04274-3
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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.

Author Bio

Carol Peachee is an award-winning fine art photographer of historic and heritage sites. She is author and photographer of Straight Bourbon: Distilling the Industry's Heritage and The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries. She is also the photographer of Kentucky Bourbon Country: The Essential Travel Guide.



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

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Mary Berry

Introduction by Janie-Rice Brother

Artist Statement: Photographing Kentucky's Agricultural Heritage