There's something about barns - they're unique and seem to have a sense of calm about them. You'll find barns deeply colored in red and white, brown, blue, gray, and even yellow all over the state of Washington.

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Some barns are barely standing and others are proud and in pristine condition but they each have their own character and a definite history. Some barns have symbols and meaning that only the owner could translate, but if you see a star on a barn in Washington or any barn around the country for that matter, there's a definite meaning.

What Does a Star on a Barn Mean?

The stars are known as primitive stars or Pennsylvania stars and were displayed by German-American and Dutch farmers in the early days and were typically 5-point to represent a wagon wheel. They were meant to keep evil spirits away and stood for various forms of protection and good luck - much like a horseshoe decoration over a doorway. For example, according to Tasteofhome.com, a white star on a barn represents purity and energy.

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A Green Barn Star, "Hope and Fertility"

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Yellow Barn Star, "Love of Man and Sun"

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Black Barn Star, "Protection of the Farm"

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Violet Barn Star, "Holy"

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Brown Barn Star, "Strength and Friendship"

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