The book Barns of Benton County,Arkansas became available just before Christmas.
It was the perfect surprise gift for a native Benton County farmer.
As I looked at each page and read the history that was carefully collected
about the barns and their owners, I found myself filled with pride
just thinking about the farming families of Benton County.
Little did I know that dairy barns would get their own chapter
when I gave the authors a tour of the dairy many months
before the publication of the book.
As our county continues to become more urbanized and more barns disappear,
I'm thankful to the authors, Melba Shewmaker and Monte Harris,
for their dedication to documenting the barns of Benton County