Why the “Looney Barn”?

When we first bought the house, we referred to it as the “graveyard house” on account of there being a graveyard in the backyard. The house would more aptly be referred to as the “Looney Barn,” though, for the simple reasons that its first owner was Ellen D. Looney (and her husband, John Looney) and that the house was originally an outbuilding, carriage house, or barn. Thus, this house is literally the Looney Barn. Someday when reconstruction is complete, I will take measures to obtain a house history plaque from Historic Salem, Inc., after which point I will propose that our house history plaque reads “The Looney Barn” to make the designation official.


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