If You See a Star Symbol on a Barn, This Is What It Means – Taste of Home March 10, 2022

I saw this recently on Taste of Home – If You See a Star Symbol on a Barn, This Is What It Means: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/barn-star/. Longer article.

Molly Allen March 10, 2022

That barn star is more than a pretty decoration.

In rural areas, it’s not uncommon to spot a barn with a classic bright red coat of paint. But to spruce things up, it may feature a barn quilt or a barn star on the exterior as well.

This barn star has a meaning to plenty of German-American farmers. It’s more than something to catch the eye!

What Does a Star on a Barn Mean?

Sure, the Americana style is a decor trend we love. However, a large five-point star prominently displayed on a barn does have a deeper meaning.

Sometimes, barn stars may be painted right on the wooden structure, but more often than not, they’re made out of separate pieces of metal and wood and then installed in place. No matter the material, these bold stars are also known as Pennsylvania stars or primitive stars. The primitive stars were commonly installed on barns by early Dutch and German settlers to ward off evil. The stars are known to bring good luck to farmers, too.


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