Why do tobacco barns make good horse barns?

While an ever more rare sight, many Kentuckians have fond memories of tobacco hanging across the Bluegrass. Many warmly recall the scent of barns filled with one of Kentucky’s most successful cash crops of yore.

Old tobacco barn on 2527 & 2439 Grimes Mill, sold by Kirkpatrick & Co.

Kentucky’s rich tobacco heritage lingers today. In fact, our seal pays homage to the agricultural heritage of tobacco in the Bluegrass and the seeds the industry sowed for many farms.

Today, many Central Kentucky horse barns are converted tobacco barns.

Classic Equine Equipment says it best:

“Renovating these facilities into horse housing is a fairly popular practice in the Kentucky area, since the spacing of the tobacco barn posts makes for a large and airy stall. The design of a tobacco barn is intended to maximize air flow, while keeping the weather out, a major health advantage in a horse barn. Beyond the practical benefits, there’s the added incentive of preserving Kentucky history by renovating these established structures, rather than building new ones.”

Today, Margaux Farm is but one of the storied thoroughbred nurseries to lovingly restore tobacco barns for equine uses

Read more on Kentucky’s tobacco barns here, on Garden to Gables.

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