Category Archives: Barn of the Year

Submit Your Barn of the Year Nominations!

Do you know of an outstanding barn in your region? If so, drop us a line and get it nominated for the annual Friends of Ohio Barns “Barn of the Year Award”. The deadline for entries is March 31st.

Nominations will be judged in three categories this year: agricultural use, adaptive re-use (non-agricultural) and stewardship. Some of the criteria we use to select barns are:

Agricultural Use: original intent and current use, generational history, current condition and barn repairs.

Adaptive re-use: history of barn and present day use, completed restoration work, aesthetics, significance and exposure to the community.

Stewardship award: restored barns that don’t meet criteria above, but serve a family function such as storage, entertainment structure or not readily accessible to public.

Nominations should include photos, the current owners’ name, location of the barn, current use of the barn, history of the barn including the age and builder if known, and information on repairs and who made them, if known.

Please use this form to contribute nominations. Nominations must be emailed or mailed to Dan Troth by March 31st!

7591 Perry Rd, Delaware, Ohio 43015.

The awards will be presented at the Ohio Barn Conference.

Barn Of the Year Recipients 2013

Agricultural Use:

Terry Randall Barn – Terry and Diane Randall

Purchased by his father in 1954 when he started his milk herd. An earlier barn with hewn timbers was moved a short distance and added to the back of this bank barn in 1926. Barn is currently used for hay and equipment storage and to house calves and beef steers. Repairs are constantly being made and the barn was repainted in 2012.

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Adaptive Re-use:

Brookside Farm – Wayne Emerick

This 1884 barn, part of a 120 acre working farm, has a capacity for 300 guests on its 6,000 square foot main level and is famous for hosting weddings and other ceremonies nearly every weekend of the year.

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Gish Barn – Richard and Denise Weis

A very early example of a Pennsylvania barn or forebay bank barn with “outshots”. It has double granaries and double threshing floors. The barn underwent some of the most extensive repairs we have ever seen in an effort to save it for future generations.

Thanks to everyone who entered!