2012 Annual Friends of Ohio Barns Fall Picnic

This year we had a very interesting venue for the picnic. Jim Fry offered up his Museum of Western Reserve Farms and Equipment for our entertainment! Located in Summit County this Museum is chock full of interesting buildings and implements. Please go to his website at http://ohiofarmmuseum.com to check out everything this place has to offer. Check out his blog at http://heritagehomesteadclasses.blogspot.com. Jim has moved 39 buildings to this site that include an operating sawmill, the last operating cigar factory in the state, broom and rope making shops, a slaughter house, a blacksmith shop, a wheel making shop, a letterpress shop, a weaving mill, even an 1825 Post Office from Randolph and many more buildings all from the 1820’s to the 1920’s. One of the oldest barns is here and it was built using 16” wide by 16′ long 2” thick yellow poplar boards attached using square red oak pegs. One can still see the pit saw marks on the boards. There is even a one room schoolhouse that has been moved from Cuyahoga County to Medina County but finally found its home at this museum. We witnessed the progress of the reconstruction of a 20’x 40′ two story barn that will be their General Store. This was the Hamburg Horseshoeing and Jobbing barn from Independence, Ohio. It was closed during the transitional period of the horse and buggy era to the early automobile era. The owner locked the door and walked away. Eventually the barn and everything in it from buggy wheel making tools to early care repair tools were sold to the museum for $1.00! Did I mention that there are horses, goats, pigs and chickens too?

Jim also has organic produce available as well as handmade soaps, maple syrup, free-range eggs, honey and much more available for purchase.

The Museum is located at 2891 Southern Rd in Richfield, OH, 44286-9521, Summit County. Jim and Laura offered their phone number, 330-659-3507, if you’d like to call.

Lunch was served at 12 pm, although we were welcomed to come early to explore this wonderful place. Friends supplied the main course meat and did the grilling, and guests brought a covered dish to share.

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