Barn serves as palette for family’s memories
A photo of this Mystery Place is HERE
The barn on the Vance farm, just north of Elkhorn, is located at N5489 County Highway H. The barn quilt on this barn is called Harvest Star.
In 1857, the plat map indicates that William T. Smith was the owner of this property in Section 26 of the town of Sugar Creek.
Then from the 1873 plat book until the 1930 book, the owner was shown as B.B. Taylor.
Taylor’s wife was Helen R. West. Helen was one of eight children born to Stephen G. West and his first wife. Stephen married again and had another son. One of Helen’s brothers was Walter A., who had the cheese factory in Elkhorn in partnership with J.H. Harris.
In 1930, the owners were listed as B.B. Taylor and Patsy Finley.
The current owners are Larry and Judith Vance. I’m sure that many people know the owners of this barn. For many years Judy Vance served as secretary for the Walworth County Fair.
This barn merits a closer look and is worth a special trip. The Harvest Star barn quilt block was painted in late 2010. But the barn recently became the canvas for a mural that depicts the things that the Vances hold dear, including their grandchildren, the Walworth County Fair, pets and a John Deere tractor working a field.