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Moershel Buggy Barn, All-State Barn Tour

Moershel Buggy Barn

Information from Dennis Zuber, Feb 2016.

One of the most history-filled barns in Iowa is the Moershel Buggy barn in Homestead in the Amana Colonies. It was built by Dr. H. Moershel, beloved country doctor, who delivered thousands of babies during his long career.

The barn, built in 1890, is still in the family and serving for storage and a symbol of the rich heritage. The barn is beloved by the family and the community. The foundation is believed to have been built of local stone.

When the board and batten barn was built, it was unpainted as was typical of society buildings at that time. Siding was less expensive at that time and more available than paint. The windows are single pane with divided lights in varying sizes. The original doors were replaced in the mid-1950s with overhead sectional doors.

The old photo below I’m guessing was taken around 1920.

The Small garage was added to take care of automobiles and to house an electrical generator. The parallel wiring is still there. There is a pit for getting under a car and facilities to hoist up an engine.

Photo taken around 1920.
Dr Moershel about 1910

Same view as above, Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber, before renovation. (The garage section was added in 1933.)
Moershel Barn

Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber
Moershel Barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph. The renovation is still underway.
Moershel barn

Sept 24, 2016. The paint above the doors was recently removed, and left that way. See the "before" photo -2nd from top.
Moershel barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph. Display for the Tour.
Moershel barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph. Old carriage in the barn.
Moershel barn

(Before) Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber.
Moershel barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph, some work still being done.
Moershel barn

(Before) Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber.
Moershel Barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
Moershel barn

(Before) Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber.
Moershel Barn

Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
Moershel barn

(Before) Feb 2016, by Dennis Zuber.
Moershel Barn

This is what you see when you drive up the driveway.   Sept 24, 2016, by Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
Moershel barn

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