History of the Barn Star
What Is Their Significance In North America?
To follow the history of the barn star in North America, you must go back approximately 300 years when groups of religious refugees from the Rhine region of Germany migrated to south eastern Pennsylvania seeking religious freedom. These refugees included Amish and Mennonites - people of "plain" dress - and Lutherans and other Reformed groups of more worldly dress called "fancy". Over time, these people became known as "Pennsylvania Dutch".
It appears that the "fancy" settlers continued with the tradition of painting large and very colorful geometric patterns on their barns. Floral designs, birds, stars and other symbols could be found. There were speciic meanings for each symbol. We will assume a symbol was used exactly for that reason – for its meaning. (Along with it's decorative appeal.)