“Many people love red barns. It is a classic symbol of Americana. But why are barns always painted red? In the 1700’s farmers painted barns not for the beauty, but for necessity. The first barn-red color was created using Skimmed milk, linseed oil, lime, and red iron oxide. In the wintertime, the red color would absorb the sunlight, keeping the inside warm for the animals. Talk about resourceful! This particular barn can be found on Laurel Road in New Canaan, CT. It’s a lovely sight to see as you round the bend.
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