When museum founder, Tod Swormstedt, got word of a barn coming down in Spencer County, Kentucky – a barn with a See Rock City advertisement on it – he immediately went to see it and put together a team to save it.
Rock City, in Chattanooga, Tennessee is in some ways best known for its barn advertising. Like the Mail Pouch barns, they once dotted the landscape far and wide. But now, like the Mail Pouch barns, they are disappearing. This particular barn was coming down to accommodate a highway project.
The museum team, consisting of Tod, Master Craftsman Sean Druley, and Joe Civitello and Tyler Hamilton, both exhibit builders and installers for Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center, removed the sections and at times the individual planks one-by-one and brought them back to the museum to be re-installed near the 50-ft. Mail Pouch barn already preserved within the museum.
Staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal were on hand to capture it all. Enjoy this wonderful video they created.