David and Joan Prewitt bought the property in 2001, along with the now dilapidated barn. They used the barn primarily for storage at first. As the years passed, the grass receded, dirt worked its way up the side of the barn, and the beams began to rot out. The paint was peeling; the doors hung on their hinges. The barn had become a forlorn image of the elegance it once was.
While attractive to a wandering child to explore, it was quickly becoming unsafe. If something wasn’t done soon, the barn would rot into the ground. The Prewitts had to make a choice. Either tear the barn down, or restore it.
New zoning laws made it impossible to build a new structure on the location, and to tear down the original structure would cost quite a little in itself. Restoring the barn seemed like the best choice.