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Friday Barn Tour – April 22nd, 2016

Butler County has loads to offer: barns, canals, Indian mounds and beautiful scenery.  As part of the Ohio Barn Conference we have six stops on the tour this year all starting at Hueston Woods Lodge where Friday registration will start at 8am.  Pre-registration is required for this tour and those signing up for the Full Conference will have first choice!  Please see the 2016 Registration Information post above for registration information.

Stop #1 is an 1825 all hand hewn 26×48 ground barn (owned by Tom Stander) using timber from the property and sports t-auger mortices and was noted as a “simple but beautiful barn”.  The barn at stop #2 belongs to Ed and Kathy Creighton and is part of the original Andrew Lewis Farm.  Ed will be speaking at the conference on Saturday about the history of the farm.  This farm is one of the only all original and intact farms in Butler County.  There are barns, an 1800 corn crib and even Indian mounds and Morgan horses on this property!  We are fortunate to be able to have our lunch stop (# 3) at the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market in Trenton.  There will be enough time to explore this venue complete with barns, tools, antique tractors and shops plus ice cream!  Dave Gaker has restored the Theobald’s two story 60×100 frame that was turned into an event center.  Stop # 4 is an 1815 Sweitzer barn, called the Good-Hunter Barn, on an old farmstead that belongs to Jack and Susan Martin.  There is also a double crib log corn crib as well as a castel looking concrete silo with a cistern on the top.  Stop # 5 is the Richardson Barn owned by Katherine and Harold Richardson.  it is a 38×60 ground barn with massive 12×12 posts with a swing type beam 12×12 half lapped with another 12×12 beam in the drive bay and it even has a swing beam in the basement! And the final stop (# 6) will be the barn that is part of the Oxford Museum Association located on Brown Rd in Oxford.

Parking is available all day in the Hueston Woods parking lot.  Buses leave promptly at 9 am and we plan on returning to the Lodge by 5pm.  This event is rain or shine so please dress appropriately.

Any question please email us at [email protected]

For more information on the Conference see below –

Ohio Barn Conference XVII in Butler County

The Annual Ohio Barn Conference and Barn Tour will soon be open for registration.

In the meantime let me give you a couple of tidbits to keep you interested and coming back for more information.

The Saturday portion of the Conference will be held at the Hueston Woods Lodge and Conference Center in College Corner.   You can check them out at www.huestonwoodslodge.com for more information about the lodge and accommodations.

We have a block of rooms under “Friends of Ohio Barns” at a reduced rate at the Hueston Woods Lodge.  Cutoff is March 31st, 2016.  Call them directly to make your room reservation at 513-664-3550.

We have a star line up of speakers including Steve Gordon, from Oxford, and Doug Reed from Mercersburg, Pennsylvania as well as Bob Creighton, a local barn owner, and our usual gang: the Barn Detectives, Tom O’Grady and Ric Beck with local hero Mike Wengler.  2016 Conference Schedule.

There is a JBD Workshop on Thursday, April 21st in the afternoon at Cheryl & Toby Forte’s Sycamore Farms Country Inn.  We have a limit of 40 people for the event and the cost will be $10pp.  Registration is separate from the Conference and is required.

We have six stops on the tour including the Barn-n-Bunk Farm Market which will be our lunch stop.  The other five stops will certainly impress barn lovers.

The conference newsletter will be mailed in mid February.  As soon as we are ready an email will be sent to members for online registration.

So check back – there will be more information.

 

2015 Conference Schedule

Ohio Barn Conference XVI

April 25th, 2015

The Brugeman Lodge at Riverbend Park

Findlay, Ohio Hancock County

8:00-8:30 Registration, coffee, donuts
8:30-9:00 Welcome by President Ric Beck
9:00-10:00 Keynote speaker – David Fey – Minding Your P’s
10:00-10:30 Morning Break, Exhibitors, Silent Auction
10:30-11:15 Al Parker – Night Life of the Hay Barn – The Barn Owl
11:15-12:00 Gary Wilson  – The History of Farming and the Relationship with the Co-operative Extension
12:00-2:00 Lunch, Annual Member Meeting, Awards
2:00-2:30 Barn Detectives – Rudy Christian and Dan Troth
2:30-3:15 David  Spahr – The Modern Family Farm
3:15-3:45 Afternoon Break, Exhibitors, Final Bidding
3:45-4:15 Kelly Rundle –  4th Wall Films “The Barn Raisers”
4:15-5:30 Wrap up, Silent Auction Dispersal, Member Visiting