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2018 Ohio Barn Conference and Barn Tour XIX

Please join us in Carroll County for our 19th Annual Ohio Barn Conference and Barn Tour plus Barn Detective Workshop!!

The Barn Tour and Workshop are sold out

We still have room for the Saturday Conference.  For information please email us at [email protected] or sign up online through the Event Calendar to the left on this page.


Host Hotel is the Days Inn Carrollton located at 1111  Canton Rd NW in Carrollton, OH.  Call 330-627-9314 to make your own hotel room reservation.  Mention Friends of Ohio Barns.  Cut off date is April 13th, 2018.

Thursday, April 26th 2018 through Saturday, April 28th 2018

Barn Detective Workshop –  Pre-registration is required

Sold out!

Thursday, April 26th, 2018    1:00 to 4:00 pm

The workshop will take place at the Algonquin Mill complex. We are very fortunate in that we will have Mike Mangan, Manager of the Algonquin Mill, leading us around the complex to talk about many of the buildings that make up the grounds. It will be “work day” at the complex which means that there will be knowledgeable people at each stop we make that will be able to answer questions pertaining to the building that they are working on!  We will also have time to explore on our own.

Paul Knoebel, FOB member, is very well acquainted with this complex and will be able to answer questions about the Slaughter House which he has worked on for years.  Some of the other buildings on the tour will be the Barn, the Grist Mill, the one room Schoolhouse, the Railroad Station, the two story Log Cabin, and the Sawmill.

Please join us for lively conversations, and tours of the mill complex. Plenty of parking is available and there will also be refreshments! We have to limit the workshop to 30 folks; pre-registration is required and is separate from the Conference and Barn Tour.  The cost is $20pp which will help go toward a donation to the Algonquin Mill.  This is an outdoor event so dress accordingly!

Barn Tour of Carroll County barns –  Pre-registration is required

Sold out!

For the first time ever the Friday barn tour has been accredited by the American Institute of Architects for 6 HSW continuing education credits.  Anyone interested in taking advantage of this should sign up with Chuck Bultman on the day of the tour.  Send any questions to  Chuck at [email protected]

Friday, April 27th, 2018 from 8am to 5pm – rain or shine

Come along with me to the barn.
Let us see the beauty there,
Where time stands still and
Craftsmanship was done with care.

Seven generations this barn has served.
Look and listen and you will learn,
From traditions passed down from father to son,
Where we’re from and what we’ve done.

Now comes another time.
With changes aplenty in one life time.
Will we snub what we’ve been given,
Or will we treasure it or let it go to rack and ruin.

-Pamela Whitney Gray, President of Friends of Ohio Barns

Come along with Friends of Ohio Barns as we spend a day stepping back into the past. We will see the very beginnings of settlement in eastern Ohio. Listen and learn as Rudy, Dan, and Ric edify and entertain us with a day of time-travel. We will begin with a crudely constructed log barn with double cribs and a dogtrot all under one roof. Next, in the timeline of barn building, we will view a very fine timber frame barn built by scribe-rule construction, exhibiting hewn members, a principle-rafter roof system, marriage marks, and fine stone foundations. From scribe rule timber framing we then move on to an example of square-rule construction and sawn materials. Gambrel and Gothic roof barns were the next to arrive on the scene as we will see. Finally, we have an example of the plank construction era. By the time the day is over we will have traveled from the late 1700s to the mid 1900s. So, put on your hiking boots, dress for the weather, be it good or bad, leave the driving to the bus driver, relax, and enjoy your travel through time.

This is an all-day event, with lunch included. Pre-registration is required. We have six wonderful barns on the tour to see and lunch will be provided by the Mt United Methodist Women’s group at the Mt Pleasant United Methodist Church.

Ohio Barn Conference –  Pre-registration is required

Saturday, April 28th 2018 from 8am to 5pm


Saturday’s conference will be held at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.  Fun fact:  Rudy Christian designed the timber frame in which we will be spending our day.  The site is beautiful and our presentations will not disappoint.  We have welcomed back Doug Reed to be our Keynote speaker.  Doug has been spending a lot of time overseas and has been contemplating how historical events have changed the way barns have been built.  Doug will explain that barns are not only a part of history but how and why have they changed as part of the context of history.  He will have a slideshow to help uncover some of the changes and explain how and why they came about.  Rudy Christian and Laura Saeger will continue on with our International Theme and present a slide show of the many interesting structures that they found while in Myanmar.  Myanmar is a tropical country which means both farming and the barns and outbuildings farmers use are quite different than what we find in America.  During the monsoon seasons crops thrive on the rain but during the dry season the river banks and lake become quite low and farmers take advantage of the riverbanks and lakeshores to plant fast growing crops.  The dry season also allows crops to be dried and stored in the fields, so farm buildings are typically small and used to feed and water animals and store crops like rice and beans. From Myanmar we will travel back to Carroll County with a presentation from Amy Rutledge, Director of the Carroll County Chamber and Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, on some of the history of Carroll County.    Amy will have a slide presentation and talk about the naming of the county, people of interest from the county, and the creation of the lake region.   After lunch and our Annual Member Meeting we will be entertained, no doubt, by our very own Barn Detectives, Rudy Christian and Dan Troth.  If you miss out on the barn tour then you will be able to get a glimpse of what the lucky ones saw on the Friday tour.  And if you go on the tour then you will no doubt get a glimpse of the unusual pieces and parts of the tour that you may have missed!  This year we will conduct a Barn Repair Panel with the help of Rudy Christian, Doug Reed, Ric Beck, Dan Troth, Caleb Miller and Mike Wengler.  In the last newsletter we asked for submissions on barn repair questions for the panel to handle.  Please check the Panel Discussion article in this newsletter for information.  And we have welcomed back Nate and Lauren Etler, the first recipients of our Barn Conservation Grant, to give us an update on their barn repairs and the process they went through.  As usual we will conduct the Silent Auction and Keith Sommer will be bringing back his fabulous antique tool collection to show.

It will be another great adventure so mark your calendar, make your hotel arrange-ments and get your registrations completed so you don’t miss out!

Register Securely Online

Important Information Regarding Registration:

Register online by clicking on the Event Calendar at the top of the menu column to the left on this page and you will then see both the Barn Detective workshop and the Ohio Barn Conference XIX & Barn Tour registration boxes. You have to register for the events separately due to the limit on the Workshop.  When registering for the Conference and Barn Tour select your type of registration on the first page knowing that you will be able to sign up your guest/spouse on the second page where it has a button to “add a  guest” at the guest/spouse reduced rate. You can also print a  registration page and send with your check payable to Friends of Ohio Barns at PO Box 203 Burbank, OH  44214.  If you are registering by mail for the workshop please call ahead to make sure there is still room.  If you have any questions or difficulties please call Sarah Woodall 330-550-6982.  All mail in registrations must be postmarked by April 18th, 2018.  Online registration ends April 22nd, 2018.




The Big Give

It is time!  It is time for………

Please help support Friends of Ohio Barns by making a donation through the Giving Store as part of The Columbus Foundation.  Your donation will be “amplified” by the Bonus Pool funds on a pro rata basis.  There are $1.3 million dollars plus in the Bonus Pool up for grabs!

You do not have to register to make a donation and The Foundation does not store any credit card information. The minimum is only $20 and all credit cards are accepted.  100% of your donation goes to Friends of Ohio Barns!

It is so easy!  Just click on the link below!

You can also text2connect!  Really!

The phone number to text is 614-230-0347 then text our number which is 5735.  Text2Connect will send back a link to for you to complete your gift transaction.

So, when is The Big Give you ask???

It starts on Tuesday October 10th at 10:00am ET and ends Wednesday October 11th at 12:00pm ET

 Please help us grow!  Help us save Ohio’s barns!


Fall Picnic is Approaching

Hi all – yes, it is time for the annual Friends of Ohio Barns Fall Picnic!

The picnic will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 11:30am to 4pm at the Rus-Men Grain Farm located at 710 Iberia Rd in Galion, Ohio which is in Crawford County.

Please contact Board Member David Hamblin at [email protected] to make your reservations or to find out more information.

This is a rain or shine event!

There will be barns to explore and barn talk galore!

2017 Ohio Barn Conference XVIII in Holmes County

Workshop is Full!

Barn Tour is Full!

But you can still attend the Saturday portion of the Annual Ohio Barn Conference!

See below or email [email protected] for information.


Barn Detective Workshop Thursday, April 27th at the Stutzman Farmstead
Barn Tour Friday, April 28th, through Holmes County
Ohio Barn Conference Saturday, April 29th at The Barn at Flying Ridge Hunt Club

Important Information Regarding Registration:

This year we have another pre-conference Barn Detective Workshop (see below).  We can only take 30 people for this event.  Members can register securely online by clicking on the Event Calendar at the top of the menu column to the left on this page and you will then see both the Barn Detective workshop and the Ohio Barn Conference XVIII & Barn Tour registration boxes.  You have to register for the events separately due to the limit on the Workshop.  When registering for the Conference and Barn Tour select your type of registration on the first page knowing that you will be able to sign up your guest/spouse on the second page where it has a button to “add a guest” at the guest/spouse reduced rate. You can also click on the 2017   Registration Page  to print and send with your check payable to Friends of Ohio Barns at PO Box 203 Burbank, OH  44214.  If you are registering by mail for the workshop please call ahead to make sure there is still room.  If you have any questions or difficulties please call Sarah Woodall at 330-856-9053 or 330-550-6982.  All mail in registrations must be postmarked by April 19th, 2017.  Online registration ends April 23rd, 2017.

Barn Detective Workshop

Stutzman Farmstead

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 1 to 4 pm Limited to 30 people Pre-registration required!
To be held at the Stutzman Farm located at 4535 CR 114, Sugarcreek, OH 44681

The workshop will take place at Ivan Miller’s near Sugarcreek. The Miller farm was the original Stutzman Farmstead. There is an historic marker at the site. The workshop will run from 1pm to 4pm. It will be a two part event with the predominant part being a discussion on how to run a barn survey program. We plan on using the barn on site as a case study in how to perform a Barn Survey. The remaining time can be spent wandering around the beautiful farmstead and it is beautiful with a lot to see!

The cost is $20pp and will include a copy of the Barn Survey Handbook. Coffee, water and cookies will be available. There will be a tour of Miller’s forebay barn with some pretty interesting joinery they used to raise the frame. It is a pre-civil war frame in great shape and still being used as an agricultural building.

Friday Barn Tour and Saturday Conference

Mark your calendars and book your hotel room now, Friends of Ohio Barns is coming to Holmes County! The two and one-half day event runs from April 27th through the 29th in and around the beautiful Millersburg community.  We first want to thank Barb Lang for being the Local Heroine this year; she has really stepped up and brought a lot of enthusiasm to this year’s event, so thanks Barb!

Friday we load the busses in the host Hotel parking lot at the Comfort Inn, Millersburg. Registration starts at 8am at the hotel and the busses leave sharply at 9am. There will be coffee, water, donuts, and apples available before and during the tour. As always, we have a very interesting variety of barns and homesteads to see plus some firsts for the tour. We will see our first stone end barn! It is a remarkable structure complete with double outshots. It has some not so remarkable modifications, but representative of changes that allowed the barn to continue its useful life. Also, on the farmstead is a really cool clabbered farmhouse with brick infill throughout. The thought was the brick provided thermal mass and insulation from Ohio winters. There will also be stops at Barb and Loren Lang’s working dairy farm to see the transformation the farm has taken after a devastating fire in 2015. We will see their beautiful timber frame barn with its amazing chamfered interior posts. Also on the tour is an Amish working farm with a real nice hewn Sweitzer barn and the County Home barn of Holmes County (it is the official bicentennial barn in Holmes County). There will be two repurposed barns on the tour. One is the Shreiner Barn that was dismantled, repaired and moved to the new Holmes County Fairgrounds, and the wonderful and eclectic barn known as the “Legends of Music” Barn. This stop is not to be missed!

Saturday’s conference locale will be at The Flying Ridge Hunt Club on a scenic hilltop just outside Millersburg. Our preservation theme will begin with a keynote address from Mariangela Pfister, Technical Preservation Services head and deputy SHPO from The Ohio History Connection. Ms. Pfister will discuss the importance of physical conservation of buildings and how federal and state tax credit programs aid in that effort. This is always a timely subject, and Ms. Pfister is a dynamic speaker, sure to enlighten and educate.
During our 2016 fall driving barn tour we stopped at the Carriage Hill Metro Park for a tour of their amazing barns. One in particular caught the eye of our beloved VP Dan Troth. He and Nick Wiesenberg are going to discuss the Allan Barn. Dan will discuss its history, unique design, and preservation efforts, while Nick will talk about dendrochronology, its importance in dating structures, and share the results he found after his inspection of this interesting barn.  We will have a first breakout session in several years on Saturday. It might be viewed as a guys and girls session. For the girls (and maybe some guys), Barb Garbriel will be speaking about the “barn quilt movement” in Hancock County as well as other quilt trails in Ohio. Ladies, feel free to bring a long any quilts to show as part of the presentation. For the guys (and maybe some girls), John and Caleb Miller of JCM Timber Works will have a timber hewing session where they will discuss the tools used, layout and notching, as well as broad axing the timber, much like the framers of the day would have done. Chips will be flying in this presentation! Our final preservation presentation will be from Fred Krift owner of Nutwood Place, the historic farm complex on the northern edge of Urbana, Ohio. Those of you who attended the tour last fall got a glimpse of the magnificent brick and timber round barn and farm house. Mr. Krift will discuss a bit of the history of William Wards creation, his love and reverence for Nutwood, as well as the challenges he faces to preserve the incredible round barn. We, of course, won’t be complete without the 2017 version of our favorites, Rudy and Dan as “The Barn Detectives”. They are hoping for some live tweet commentary during their performance… We will also have our Barn of the Year awards during the lunch hour, the annual member meeting, our fabulous silent auction, as well as some vendors and exhibits. All in all, another exciting, educating, and very enjoyable way to spend your day. Come out and see old friends; make some new ones; and help us celebrate Ohio’s icons of Agriculture, Our Ohio Barns!

-Ric Beck

2017 Conference Schedule