Vi har køyrt forbi ganske mange hus som er dekorert med ei stjerne, og vi har lurt litt på kvifor. Google kan avsløre at det er fleire enn oss som lurer, og svara er ikkje heilt eintydige. Det kan virke som om forskjellige folk tillegg stjerna forskjellig meining.

Wikipedia-forfattarane har lest seg opp på historie om the barn star og skriv følgjande:

A barnstar (or barn star, primitive star, or Pennsylvania star) is a decorative painted object or image, often in the shape of a five-pointed star but occasionally in a circular “wagon wheel” style, used to adorn a barn. They have no structural purpose, but may be considered lucky, akin to a horseshoe mounted over a doorway. They are especially common in Pennsylvania and frequently seen in German-American farming communities.

Barnstars were meant to represent the mark of the builder, but became more frequently used for aesthetic purposes and were added to the building after construction was complete. Enthusiasts have traced a number of wooden barnstars to individual builders in the Pennsylvania area, where numerous examples can still be seen.

Barnstars were used in the United States during the 18th century and as late as 1870 in Pennsylvania, where their popularity increased greatly following the Civil War. Their regular use preceded that time, however, and stars were commonplace on large buildings, particularly factories, in pre-war Richmond, Virginia.

Barnstars remain a very popular form of decoration and modern houses are sometimes decorated with simple, metal, five-pointed stars which the makers describe as “barn-stars”. They are often deliberately distressed or rusted, alluding to the traditional decoration.

Vi fann ein amerikanar vi kunne spørje, og han meinte at stjerna vart brukt til pynt, men at den og hadde historie frå andre verdskrigen, der ei blå stjerne symboliserte at familien hadde mista nokon i krigen. På Internett er det og folk som meiner at det symboliserar at nokon i husstanden er i Afghanistan, Irak eller andre krigsområde, eller har blitt skada eller drept der, og brukar gjerne blå eller gullfarga stjerner for å vise denne tydinga. Og Amish-folket, som ofte er dei som lagar desse stjernene, skriv følgjande:

The tradition of the barn star in America can be traced back to the 1700’s, and to at least the 1820’s in Pennsylvania. Barn stars were most popular after the Civil War. On many older American barns, particularly German farms, one could see a large decoration in the shape of a star mounted on the face of the barn. Sometimes they were just aesthetic, but sometimes they represented the trademark of a specific barn builder. It is our understanding the original star shape was a three-pointed star but has changed throughout the years. Colors had significance with Amish and Pennsylvania Dutch barn paintings. These folk art designs, many of which were star shaped, were painted directly onto each end of the barn, and date back to the 1850’s.

The Amish have been crafting barn stars constructed from reclaimed barns with tin and steel roofs for nearly three decades. The Amish are very thrifty and don’t like to let anything go to waste. Barn stars are well known as a sign of good luck and fortune. We trust that barn stars are also very popular because it is an ornamental way of expressing support and pride in America.