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Barn Art History

"Hex" designs are circular geometric patterns with a lineage that goes back 6000 years to the Neolithic Man.  These designs reappeared in 2000-1000 BC civilizations, and again in Roman, Etruscan and other recent cultures.  The Pennsylvania "Dutch" started using these basic symbols to decorate their beloved barns shortly after the 1830's, when farmers began to paint barns.

The Pennsylvania Dutch began as German-speaking settlers that came to America, bringing a culture that evolved into the German American heritage of today.  For many, this heritage is symbolized by the Hex sign.  These signs are believed to bring good luck in a variety of forms.

 

These photos were taken starting October 2007 and will be continually supplemented.  Many of these signs were custom made, and may not be available.  The Pennsylvania Dutch Hex sign culture is alive and we will continue providing examples of this through our photo library presentation.

Hex Signs Featured on Local Buildings and Barns - Photos by Staff

Red Barn - 
	A local red barn with hex signs near Reading,Pa.
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A local red barn with hex signs near...
Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus  - 
	The hand painted Pennsylvania Dutch Gift Haus artwork was done by Jonny Claypool. The building location is off IS 78 exit 23 Shartlesville,pa.
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The hand painted Pennsylvania Dutch ...
A red barn with new hex signs - 
	This red barn has newer hand painted hex signs. The barn is located in Pennsylvania\'s country side.
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This red barn has newer hand painted...
Hex sign barn on Rt 143 - 
	This barn is located on Rt 143 near Lenheartsville, Pa. The hex signs on the barn are old.
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This barn is located on Rt 143 near ...
5 - Wannamakers General store, located near Leanhartsville PA.  Near the WKNS railroad in Kempton PA.  Route 143.
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Wannamakers General store, located near...
Local PA Barn - 
	This is a barn located in Berks county Pennsylvania. The hex signs are the barns art that the owners choose.
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This is a barn located in Berks...
Kempton PA Barn - Barn located off route 143, near Kempton PA.  The location is near a regional tree farm.
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Barn located off route 143, near Kempto...
Local barn with hex signs - 
	A local barn with hex signs in Eastren Pa.
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A local barn with hex signs in Eastr...
The Albany Farm 1844 - The Albany Farm 1844.  Found on a side road near Kempton PA.
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The Albany Farm 1844.  Found on a side ...
Mountain Springs Farm - Barn on a farm near Mountain Spring Campground.  Farm is located at the base of the mountain, off of schoolhouse road near the Mountain Springs stadium, Chartlesville PA.
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Barn on a farm near Mountain Spring Cam...
The Dreibelbis Station Bridge - The Dreibelbis Station Bridge is located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. The mill was built in 1869 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1981.
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The Dreibelbis Station Bridge
Local hex signs on a barn - 
	This barn is located in PA.  The hex signs are simular to  the orgional designs from the old days.
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This barn is located in PA.  Th...
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A barn in Schuylkill county - 
	This is a barn located in Schuylkill county, PA . This older barn had the hex signs painted directly on the side.
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This is a barn located in Schuylkill...
A barn with hand painted hex signs - 
	Old local barn with hand painted hex signs. This is a barn located in Eastren PA.
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Old local barn with hand painted hex...
Yellow barn wirh hex signs - 
	This barn is located in Pennsylvania\'s country side. The hex signs are old and were hand painted.
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This barn is located in Pennsylvania...
A red barn with hex signs - 
	This local barn has a hex sign painted on it. The barn is located in Berks county PA.
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This local barn has a hex sign paint...
Eric Claypool hand painted sign - This Hex sign was panted by the Eric Claypool, the son Johnny Claypool.  Eric painted the sign directly onto the barn.  This barn is located on an old farm outside of Kempton PA.
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This Hex sign was panted by the Eric Cl...
A cow in the barnyard  - 
	Out in the countryside of Eastern Pa you will find this plesant barn with hex signs painted on it.
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Out in the countryside of Eastern Pa...
Hand painted hex sign on barn - 
	This red barn has a hand painted hex sign. This design is more triditional. The barn is located on Eastren Pa.
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This red barn has a hand painted hex...
 
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