Darke County Site of FOB 2013 Annual Picnic

Darke County has been selected for the Friends of Ohio Barns Annual Picnic, Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm. Please bring a covered dish, your beverage of choice, your own chair, and place setting. And don’t forget the camera. FOB will provide the meat, buns, and fixin’s. After getting re-acquainted with old friends and meeting new friends from around the area we will enjoy lunch and then be treated to a tour of the mill and adjacent barn home by the owners Terry and Julie Clark. And they have quite a story to tell. There is a nominal fee of $5 per person for the tour.

Darke County is located on the western side of the state. It claims to have legends as rich as its soil. Bear’s Mill is just one of these stories. Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer, Bear’s Mill (the name became Americanized some time back) is one of the last operating water-powered mills in Ohio. Its gears, belts, and turbines began to turn in the year 1850, grinding gifts from nature into sustenance for man. The interesting history of Bear’s Mill continues into the new millennium as the mill still functions to stone-grind cornmeal, whole wheat flour, and rye flour for new people in a new age, in traditional Old World style.

This huge four-story timber-frame structure was constructed with natural resources harvested within a two mile radius of the mill site. The frame is Hickory and the siding is Black Walnut.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

There is one more surprise in store for the afternoon. We will be visiting the beautiful Lavy Round Barn. Kent and Cindy Lavy have a great barn story everyone will enjoy, as well as, the lovely garden and setting.

Directions to Bear’s Mill: 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road. Take State Route 36 to between Gettysburg and Greenville, Turn south on Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road, Mill is on the right.

Directions to the Lavy Barn will be given at the picnic.

For more information call Pam Gray at 740-263-1369

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