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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.

 

 

 

2016 Registration Information – Ohio Barn Conference

Register Securely Online for the Ohio Barn Conference XVII and Barn Tour plus Junior Barn Detective 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop

Important Information Regarding Registration.

This year we have another pre-conference JBD Workshop (see below).  We can only take 40 people for this event.  Members can 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 JBD workshop and the Ohio Barn Conference XVII & Barn Tour registration boxes.  You have to register for the events separately due to the limit on the Workshop.  When registering online 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. Or, if you prefer to register the old fashioned way then click on this link,  Registration Page,  to download (might take a little time) and print registration form, fill out 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.

Please note that there are rooms at the Hueston Woods Lodge at a reduced rate under the “Friends of Ohio Barns” block.  Cutoff deadline is March 31st, 2016.  Call Hueston Woods directly at 513-664-3550 to make your own overnight room reservation!

See new posts below!

JBD Workshop, Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Cherryl and Toby Forte have graciously agreed to host an afternoon workshop at their farm outside of Oxford. The Forte’s will showcase their raised barn and farmhouse, discussing the details of renovations in the barn and house.  Their farm is located at 3884 Wallace Rd.  The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, rain or shine.  Pre-registration is required as we only have room for 40 folks.  Cost is $10 per person.  Register online by following the directions in the 2016 Registration Information post above.

For more information on the Sycamore Farms Country Inn please visit their website at http://www.sycamorefarmscountryinn.com .   Cherryl has rooms available the weekend of the conference so call them if you are looking for a relaxing place to stay!

The barn was built around 1853. The original frame was all sash sawn timber from a mill right on the property! It has been carefully repaired using more modern material to make the barn useful for the Forte’s farming endeavors, while keeping costs under control.

The beautiful dark purple painted barn is a 3-bay cantilevered barn with a stone foundation.

The farm house was built around 1830 and very handsome. It also took many hours of loving restoration to repurpose the home into a bed and breakfast! Opening this spring, the Forte’s will happily invite quests to enjoy the idyllic setting that is the Forte farm.  As an update, Cherryl was happy to announce that they have just received the Century Farm Classification for their farm!

Cherryl and Toby will provide us with before and after photos of the renovations, and discuss the challenges and rewards of fixing the barn and farmhouse. Harold Herran, the barn repair contractor, will also be on hand to answer questions about barn repairs.

Please join us for lively conversations, and tours of the barn and farmhouse. Plenty of parking is available, there will also be refreshments!  This is an indoor/outdoor event so please dress accordingly.

Ohio Barn Conference Update

Yes, we really are getting geared up for the Ohio Barn Conference this year in Butler County – the Board has been working hard at getting it all together and we know it will be a great conference!

We have an interesting line up for speakers this year’s conference:

Thankfully we chose Butler County because Steve Gordon, our Keynote speaker, resides there and was more than gracious to accept our invitation to speak at Saturday’s conference.  Steve is the current Museum Administrator for the William Holmes McGuffey Museum located in Oxford as well as the provost and Executive VP for Academic Affairs at Miami University.  He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in History from Miami University and has worked in the field of historic preservation throughout his career including the Miami Purchase Association for Historic Preservation, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society, where he oversaw the Ohio Historic Inventory, and the National Register of Historic Places programs.  Steve is very much involved with the Three Valley Conservation Trust as well as the MetroParks of Butler County.

A native of Ohio, Steve’s research interests include local and regional architecture, cultural landscapes, craft and building technology, especially vernacular buildings and barns and the study of regional material culture. His publications include How to Complete the Ohio Historic Inventory (1992), as well as articles on the U.S. Grant Birthplace, 19th century prefabricated housing, women architects, Cincinnati’s meat packing industry, maple sugar production in southwest Ohio, and Spring Grove Cemetery. Steve has written and co-authored over fifty nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

Steve’s presentation will be about historic agriculture in Butler County and how it influenced farm layout and barn design.  Steve has been very helpful in organizing our barn tour this year by participating in the barnstorming event and leading the gang to several outstanding barns in the area.  He will have a very interesting presentation influenced by his love for historic places and architecture.

We are also very fortunate to have convinced Doug Reed to make the long trip from the other side of Pennsylvania!  Doug has extensive knowledge of log crib barns (and we have one on the tour!).  His hunt for the earliest known log crib barn has taken him to far-away places.  Please read Doug Reed’s bio to get the full picture of what this man is passionate about.  Doug has 44 years of experience as a vernacular architectural historian, craftsman and technical consultant.  When we asked him to describe his presentation he wrote “In today’s throwaway society, most people think of new as better than old.  Too many people have been misled into automatically thinking an old barn is far more expensive to maintain or rehab than to tear it down and build new.  For the past 44 years Doug Reed has been in the larger recycling world of maintaining, renovating and re-purposing older buildings.  Learn why it is far wiser to keep your old building and banish the thought of new construction when it is not necessary.  Using his experience with barns from all over the world, Doug will explain some of why maintaining your older buildings will benefit your local government, your local dump, your local bank account and your regional job market to name only a few”.  I am sure that he will be showing some of his fabulous finds in the world of log crib barns as well!

When asked for a bio Ed Creighton claimed “I walk upright, have two legs, breathe air and eat steak!”.  Hmmm. I liked it but thought I had better get a bio from his wife, Kathy, for the conference material.  She gave me a lot to work with, I was going to edit it but just now decided not to as it reads pretty well.  I hope she doesn’t mind.  In Kathy’s words:  I’ll let you wordsmith it, but he’s a native Cincinnatian, grew up in College Hill.  A life-long lover of history, Ed bought his first antique, a victrola, at the age of 9.  He also is a life-long lover of the Morgan horse, purchasing his first Morgan at the age of 14 (took a lot of lawn mowing to keep Brassy happy!).  Attended both University of Cincinnati and Miami University.  Served six years as the regional director of the American Morgan Horse Association, which his greatest achievement was the design and implementation of the Morgan Horse exhibit at the Kentucky Horse Park.  It was through AMHA that he met his wife, Kathy, and with their marriage in 2008, they had to find a place to keep the herd of Morgans (hmmm, were they my dowry as they came with me from Illinois?), as they wouldn’t fit in the backyard of his house in North College Hill.  They purchased their farm on Reily-Millville Road in February 2008, which has now become the home of not only the Morgan horses, but dogs, cats, sheep, alpaca, chickens, turkeys and a rabbit.  Ed is a docent with the Heritage Program at Cincinnati Museum Center, the Butler County Historical Society and Heritage Village.  He currently serves on the boards of the Friends of the Whitewater Shakers, Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati and Friends of MetroParks of Butler County.  Until recently, he was the Executive Director at the Oxford Museum Association.  He has five children and four grandchildren.

Ed will be speaking about the farm that is one of the most intact, original farms in Butler County.   It was built by Revolutionary War General Andrew Lewis and was registered in Hamilton County in 1802 as Butler County hadn’t been formed at that point.  It is located along Indian Creek and is locally referred to as the Sample place.  There are, most likely, many stories to tell of this farmstead dating back to 1812.  Many of the original buildings are still there as well as some Indian mounds.

Ohio’s Canals?  If you don’t know anything about them then you will after Tom O’Grady educates us all on the history of the who, what, where, how and why the canals came to be in Ohio.  If you don’t know anything about Tom you should know, at least, that he is a barn enthusiast as well as the Director of the Athens County Historical Society and Museum and he also serves on the board of Ohio’s Hill County Heritage Area.  Read Tom’s recently updated bio here.

Post Bottom Repairs?  This year Ric Beck and Mike Wengler will do a presentation  called “Post Bottom Repairs – Simple to Historic Preservation”’ which will be a combination of a power point presentation as well as showing some actual examples and Ric and Mike will even dazzle us by laying out an historic repair, drilling and cutting the piece.  Chips will be flying!  Ric has served as president of Friends of Ohio Barns for almost 10 years and has many hours under his belt, so to speak, timber framing.  Mike, our local hero for this conference,  was born in Cincinnati and raised on a farm near Oxford.  He wrote me that he grew up playing in an 1864 barn.  He spent time in the Bahamas and Florida sailing and diving.  His parents still live on that Nichols Rd farm where he grew up with five siblings.  Mike started a lawn care business in 1991 then in 2004 he branched out doing excavation work.  From OLC Excavating & Construction Mike started his third business, Timber Frame Reclaim.  Mike says “I seek to preserve, reuse, and reconstruct antiques timbers, namely barns”.  He claims that he has saved nearly 100 barns in Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.  This spring Mike will be deconstructing and moving an 1845 40’x52′ swing beam barn from Liberty, Indiana to Mt Airy, Cincinnati for the purpose of a dairy show barn.  Mike keeps busy with his wood shop at the farm as well as his lumber storage yard in Seven Mile, Ohio.  Find out more about Mike on Facebook at Timber Frame Reclaim in Oxford.

Barn Detectives?  Yes!  Rudy Christian and Dan Troth will both be there for sure.  Friday they will help the Barn Tour participants uncover unique timber frame building techniques in the barns we tour and Saturday they will reveal their findings to the conference goers.  What separates the Ohio Barn Conference Barn Tour from others is that we have Rudy and Dan plus a host of other knowledgeable members available and willing to share their insights about the barns, the people who built them and the architectural history of our historic barns.  “Get in on this!”

As part of the Ohio Barn Conference we will also hold our Annual Member Meeting, the Silent Auction and just good old fashioned visiting with friends and barn lovers alike.

The Saturday conference is open to the public and pre-registration is greatly appreciated.  Please check out the 2016 Registration Information post above for more information.  Also, scroll down to find the schedule in the Butler County article.

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 –