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If you’ve ever envisioned the iconic Four Sixes Ranch Barn in your backyard, the November Barns 101 Workshop is for you. It’ll be held at Wayne Wright’s Eagle Dancer Ranch Barn near Sisterdale, which was inspired by that classic ranch barn in Guthrie, Texas. Go to the My Barn Series on this blog from more about Wayne, and his classic barn.

The Barns 101 Workshop, hosted by Famous Barns, is a way to learn more about barns from experts in construction, financing, engineering, restoration, water harvesting, ranch outfitting and stewardship, Wildlife and Ag Classifications and appraisal values.

This Workshop is scheduled on Friday afternoon, November 8th from 1-5:30 pm. A second, 9am-5pm workshop is scheduled in the area on Saturday, December 7th at The Preserve at Walnut Springs, between Fredericksburg and Johnson City.

Reservations are required. Limited to 12 guests. $ 40/person and $ 50/couple. Email me if you’d like a copy of the itinerary: sonja@famousbarns.com.

Register here.

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Famous Barns presents a temporary exhibit of the works of Jay Hester at the new Texas Timber Frames showroom east of Boerne, Texas.

Sonja Howle of Famous Barns partners with Texas Timber Frames on projects, and said working with artists in the area is a natural: history, craftsmanship and artistry are consistent foundations in her business as well.

Jay Hester of J. Hester’s Highland House Gallery in Boerne, will be installed in early September of 2013, after Jay returns from his one-man Show at Santa Fe’s Worrell Gallery during Indian Market.


Famous Barns will present their second Barns 101 Workshop this fall in the Fredericksburg, Texas area.  Email me (sonja@famousbarns.com) to be on the list to receive information as soon as we finalize more of our details.

Barns 101 Workshops are a way to hear from experts in construction, engineering, financing, land stewardship and water harvesting.  It’s a way to determine in a few hours, not a few weeks or months, the feasibility and next steps for your project … and to meet the people who can help you.

The first Barns 101 Workshop was held in early May 2013 in Round Top, Texas.  Famous Barns’ Sonja Howle partnered with The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell and showcased The Prairie’s Ranger Lounge.   It was not only a great venue for the workshop; it was also a great example of rustic “barn home” possibilities.

And a Famous Barns model has been designed, inspired by that structure.  You can see elevations and floor plans on this page of our Barn Design Gallery.


In June I was interviewed by Texas Home and Living Magazine.  The article was beautiful and showcased some of my favorite Famous Barns – take a look at the article here:


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And a special thanks to our co-hostess – The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell was a perfect site and the Ranger Lounge is a great example of a perfect ranch compound’s heart … where breakfast is served, the loft where the queen sleeps, the soft, deep sofas and fireplace in the living room and the grilling and swilling porch out back.

Builders, Engineers, Financiers and appraisers guided our guests through the decision steps to the perfect barn …. that’s what Barns 101 is all about.

Look for Fall Barns 101 in Fredericksburg area — more coming soon.



In May of 2012 The Famous Barns Tour showcased the barns of Mormon Row, a few miles north of Jackson, Wyoming, in the Grand Teton National Park.  I’d worked with the Historical Society of Jackson Hole to provide us with a historical background of the area at their museum and then we headed to the barns of Mormon Row.  (The T.A. Moulton Barn is one of the most famous and was the last one sold to the National Park.)
You’ll recognize these as some of the most photographed in the nation.  With the Tetons at their backdoor, the light at sunrise is breath-taking.

I just learned that the Grand Teton National Park has planned a similar party this year at the park on July 20th.  They’re celebrating the barns’ 100 years and raising funds for continued restoration efforts.

If you can attend, your tour needs to include a stay at The Historic Wort Hotel, dinner at The Granary Restaurant at Spring Creek Ranch and a drink at both the Silver Dollar Bar and the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar!

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