Sometime late Friday night or early Saturday, the beautiful, amazing structure on Highway 61 on the south side of Rolling Fork, known affectionately as “The Red Barn,”
collapsed. The cause is not known, but the U.S. Corps of Engineers, owners of the property, had not made any repairs to the roof since they acquired the building last year. It is possible that the building was weakened structurally during one of the terrible wind storms that have swept through the state in the last few weeks.
The building was constructed in the 1920s as part of the Mound Plantation and was used primarily as a horse barn. The word “devastating” was used more than once in the several e-mail strings I received about this loss this weekend. As you may recall from recent News Roundups, the site was supposed to become the South Delta Interpretive Center, but there was always a question whether the Corps planned to incorporate the existing agricultural buildings into their plan (why use agricultural buildings to interpret the South Delta? There’s not much agriculture around there, right?). The funding for that center has now been revoked according to recent reports, so it had become a moot question anyway.
Red Barn, 1920s-2011. RIP.