Did You Know…?
By Wendy Allen 0
Long ago, European farmers found that rust naturally killed the fungi, molds and mosses that grew on their barns, so they added it to their linseed-oil-based wood sealant, turning the mixture a burnt red color. As a result, red barns became an inadvertent convention in Europe and then in the United States as European settlers made their way across the country. Once chemical pigments became more prevalent, red was the cheapest color and so remained popular for cash-strapped farmers. Today, many people still paint their barns red—or may use red metal siding— in homage to the tradition.