FRIENDS OF OHIO BARNS Picnic October 17 2015

Twenty-five intrepid individuals spent part of their Saturday at High Banks Park, Columbus, for our annual fall picnic. We were greeted by gray skies, drizzle, and COLD. It was really cold.

Brave Souls Face Down the Cold

Dan Troth supplied the group with charcoal, burgers, brats, and buns which Ric Beck happily cooked, with plenty of advice from everyone crowded around the grill trying to keep warm.

After enjoying all the side dishes brought by the attendees, especially Dan’s favorite, “applesomething-dessert,” we listened to a presentation by Gwyn and Gary Stelter, and Larry Seward on the Lucy Depp Park and Settlement.

In 1853 Abraham Depp and his family of freed slaves from Virginia purchased land from Lucas Sullivant in Columbus, Ohio. The original homestead became Depp Station on the Underground Railroad. In later years the Depp property was subdivided and sold to black families. The original Depp farm is now the location of Lucy Depp Park and Depp Settlement. After a very interesting talk on the Lucy Depp legacy, we took a group photo around the charcoal grill, and everyone tried to smile and not shiver.

Of course since this is the Friends of Ohio Barns organization, Dan found us a barn to tour. This was a later plank framed barn on the park grounds. This was a very interesting barn, I think this was the tallest barn I’ve been in. As my Dad would say, “Sure would store a lot of hay.” The park district is seeking guidance on how to utilize this structure, maybe as an event center because of its ideal location.

Highbanks plank barn circa 1910-20Picnic Tour of Highbanks Barn

After the barn tour, and with our group longing for more, Dan took the remaining dozen or so of us to the 1828 barn that he moved from Waynesville, Ohio to Delaware in 1998 and converted into his home. Fortunately for Dan and his unannounced muddy-boots group, his wife, Robin, was not at home! As Dan said, “Better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.”

Submitted by Dave Hamblin

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