Old barns beginning to disappear in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Old barns are starting to disappear in Kentucky.

The state had more pre-1960 barns per square mile than any other state in 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture census.

Now, Kentucky Heritage Council Director Craig Potts says the structures are "being lost at an alarming rate."

Potts told the Lexington Herald-Leader that many are tobacco barns, which are iconic.

Hampton "Hoppy" Henton, a longtime tobacco farmer in Woodford County, says the old barns have fallen into disrepair because so many farmers have moved away from growing the crop.

Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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