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A year after Conway tornado, new barn helps showcase rebuilt business

  • The barn housing J&J Maggs Antiques was leveled by Saturday's tornado in Conway, but spared their adjacent house. February 27, 2017. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

  • Pumpkin Hollow resident John Maggs, above, surveys the footprint where his barn used to be. The barn was destroyed by a tornado in 2017. A little more than a year later, Maggs and his wife Jan are opening their new barn, the home of their antique business, below. Recorder FILE PHOTO/Andy Castillo


Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 03, 2018

CONWAY — More than a year after a tornado leveled their barn and their business, Jan and John Maggs will open their new barn for their annual Spring Antiques Show on Saturday and Sunday.

The shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The new barn has been built on part of the footprint of the iconic 19th-century dairy barn that was destroyed in February 2017. It is a commanding timber frame structure, in the form of an 18th-century English barn with a saltbox lean-to, built by local artisans, and using mostly locally sourced materials, states a press release from the Maggs.

The showrooms in the new barn are more spacious than those of the old one, and they will be filled with 17th-century English oak furniture, period jewelry, paintings, rugs, and other accessories, displayed in room settings.