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History of Barn Stars by KraftyKat
On many older American barns, particularly German farms, one could see a large decoration in the shape of a star mounted on the face of the barn.

These were called barn stars. Sometimes they were just aesthetic, but sometimes they represented the trademark of a specific barn builder. Although they go back to at least the 1820s in Pennsylvania, they were most popular after the American Civil War.

In modern times, barn stars have come to be known as signs of good fortune and  goodluck and tranquility in some cases.

There have been many color charts through out the years and I have compiled the one below and found it to be very accurate. I have found that most colors do have significance to the Pennsylvania Dutch and the Amish, especially when they would paint their barns or out buildings.  After they would finish a barn they would in most cases paint folk art designs, many which were star shaped, directly on the end of each bar.  This practice dates back to the middle 1800's.

Black :
Blue :
Brown :
Green :
Orange :
Red :
Violet :
White :
Yellow :
Gold :
Protection, also used to blend or bind friendships
Protection, peace, and tranquility.
Mother Earth, Strength and Stability
Fertility, Growth and success in gardening and planting
Abundance in Career, Projects and Inititive
Passion, Charisma, Lust and High Emotions
All things that are sacred and religious
Purity, Free Flowing Energy, Innocence
Good health in body and mind, love of the sun
Wealth

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This article was published on Thursday 02 October, 2008.
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