When Don Miller was 3 years old, around 1944, his father bought a farm about two miles west of Providence.
Now, 83 years later, Miller built a scale model of the barn that was on the property and entered it as a 4-H project, where he received recognition in the honor group.
The house and barn sat about a mile off the road and Miller said the driveway had a big, crooked hill and a creek that had to be crossed without a bridge.
“In the rainy season, you couldn’t keep the gravel on the hill, and because of the turn at the bottom, it was hard to get up in the winter,” Miller said.
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The house and barn meant a lot to Miller because that was where he started school and became a 4-H member.
“I never did much good in 4-H, but it sure was fun to get to stay at the fair all week,” Miller said.
He showed chickens and did gardening projects.
Miller now lives in Seymour and Stacey Hardeman lives on the property where the red barn once was. Although the barn is no longer standing, it was there when she and her husband first moved there, but because of its age, had to be torn down.
“This project means a lot to me too because the barn was a landmark of the farm,” Hardeman said. “He did a very good job and was very excited about it.”