Ringo Hills Barn
This structure is no longer available.
This beautiful barn stands near Ringtown, Pa. in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. It dates to the late 1800’s and is American Chestnut, a nearly extinct wood species that was once a vital part of our history…..
Once an important hardwood timber tree, the American chestnut is highly susceptible to the chestnut blight, caused by an Asian bark fungus accidentally introduced into North America on imported Asiatic chestnut trees. The disease was first discovered on American chestnut trees in what was then the New York Zoological Park, now known as the Bronx Zoo, in 1904. While Chinese chestnut evolved with the blight and developed a strong resistance, the American chestnut had little resistance. The fungus spread 50 mi a year and in a few decades killed nearly three billion American chestnut trees. The number of large surviving over 60 cm (24 in) in diameter within the tree’s former range is estimated to be less than 100!