The Five Barns Farm houses a family of artists

Written By Lacy O'Brien 06/08/2016
Walking in to this charming colonial style farmhouse in rural upstate NY, I am immediately greeted by the dog of the house, “Splash”, and get the feeling that this was the house of a magical childhood. The kind of childhood where you giggled with your friends under the dining room table, ran through the backyard at dusk collecting fireflies, and sat at the kitchen island daydreaming as the sun cast rays of light through the blue glass collection lined up on the window sills.

The 2,500SF home is a blend of two old farmhouses built in 1850 and 1750, joined together over a hundred years ago. With five bedrooms and four bathrooms the house could have fit the Brady bunch, but instead the Mincher family, a family of three, has called it home for the past twenty-two years. Susan Mincher and daughter Chloe’s artwork decorates the walls and the mantels of the estate, which befittingly houses an artist studio on the top floor. Rick Mincher, a spoken word artist, showcases his creativity throughout the house with a multitude of renovation and remodeling work. “He is a very handy man,” Susan states as she gives me a tour.

The large home is full of surprises that intrigue your imagination, like the secret passageway through the studio that winds through a closet and lands you in the master bedroom, or a hidden doorway behind a bookshelf that keeps an entire bedroom hidden from view.
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Stepping softly over wide plank wooden floors, covered by a collection of oriental rugs, Susan’s paintings inviting you to stories from other parts of the world, enticing you to kick off your shoes and perch up in the screened-in porch with a copy of Pride and Prejudice.
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