Saturday, October 30, 2010

Barn Rock Barn - Mendota, Va

Is the barn eating the rock?
Is the rock eating the barn?

This is the famous Barn Rock Barn located in the Pine Grove community near Mendota. I do like me some barns and this one is pretty cool as barns go. From what I can gather, in the 1940s Frank Osborne "wanted to show how Southwest Virginia's outcrops could be creatively used when he built the barn with a 12 ft high rock for a wall."

I'm sure it sounded like a good idea at the time.
Directions: From US-11 in Abingdon, follow US-19 northwest for 7.5 miles. Turn left on Va-802 (Mendota Rd) and travel westbound for 11.8 miles. Turn left on Va-621 (Barnrock Rd) and travel 0.3 miles, keep left on Va-614 when the road splits. The barn is about 100 yds ahead, on the right, just past Pine Grove Baptist Church.

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