The barnyard restoration efforts moved forward recently with the installation of the restored gate and replicated fence running between the stable and cow barn.
The fence is a replica of a surviving section of Melchers period fencing. It is tight to the ground to prevent chickens and other small animals from running under the fence into the main garden.
We retained as much original material as possible, which allowed us to leave in place a picket that has years of wear from the chain used to keep the gates to the yard closed. A surprise awaited underneath one of the gate posts attached to the barn. When it was removed for repairs the original green corner board color was revealed. Our faithful volunteer, Ken McFarland, took on the task of restoring the original paint scheme.
The project was executed by Habalis Construction Inc. with support from the Duff McDuff Green, Jr. Fund and the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation. We hope to restore the large pasture gate and run-in shed next, completing the barn yard as it was when Gari and Corinne Melchers lived at Belmont.