13th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Old family barn

Our family farm has existed since the early 1900's and has been operated as a dairy and hay farm by my great grandparents and grandparents. I've spent my entire life on this farm and have explored every corner. While walking through the old haymow, I took this photo of the simple light switch I noticed how old and worn it looked. It's lit the mow so many summer nights during "haying-season" while my family would pile into this building and stack the hay bails for winters's safe-keeping. This nail on the wall was used to hang loose twine for later re-purpose. These small details that were taken for granted speak to a different time, a time that was simple yet shows a certain roughness.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2015
Date Uploaded: 09.2015
Photo Location: Greenfield Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D3300
Copyright: © Jennifer M. Kugler