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Tucked in the lush farmland of Pulaski, One O.A.K. Barn is truly one of a kind.
As sunlight pours through the wall slats, there is a sense of warmth and home. Many of the original features are still intact. Hand hewn timbers and tamarack beams are lovingly adorned with swaths of cloth and vintage decor. A velvet settee, crystal chandelier, and modern drink cooler showcase the mix of different eras. Spacious enough to host big events, the barn’s open room has been broken up into small sections, like the lounge and bar, for more intimate gatherings. Photo by Kasey and Ben Photography
Bistro lights crisscross over a flagstone courtyard between the barn and a repurposed corn crib, looking over a timeless, romantic landscape. “It just feels like a little European bistro,” says owner, Jane Nowak. “It’s really just inviting. I planted some hostas and vines. This is one of my favorite areas to watch the sunset.” The former dairy barn aged well over the last century, but it was not always this way. Nowak counts the scars it took to bring it back to life, but talking about the place energizes her.
Photo by Kasey and Ben Photography
Nowak has an eye for design and love of history. It’s paid off. In 2015, she was stunned to be presented with the Pulaski Area Historical Society’s Preservation Award. The barn is estimated to be 110 years old, and the remaining silo is at least 70. Nowak wants to save as many of the structures on her 10 and a half acres as possible to maintain the farm’s history.
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