The Barn on Hideaway Farm
Hideaway Farm, located up the road from Diane’s home in Haw River was established sometime in the post depression period of the thirties. It was built as a summer home by some folks from New York. Diane learned of the demolition of the farm when she was contacted for easement access. She worked out an agreement where she would trade salvage rights for easement rights. What she wasn’t aware of was that the fire department had been contacted to burn the buildings for a training exercise. It was an economical way to clear the land. Seeing some movement on the property one morning while on her way to the beach, she stopped and saw all of the buildings numbered with spray paint including the barn she intended to relocate. She arrived just in time to save building number fourteen.
The barn was to be moved in one piece, but the barn was wider than the road it had to travel. “It was quite a feat,” Diane explained. Much of the town was involved whether by cooperation or curiosity. A couple thousand folks lost power for three to four hours on a hot summer day due to electric lines being manipulated, but most took it in stride, as it’s not every day one can watch a barn rolling down the road. As it rolled, a crew of workers would methodically pick up mail boxes and once the barn passed, they would reset them into the ground.
Today, the barn sits proudly on the corner of the twenty three acres and houses Diane’s extensive collection of architectural salvage.