This year we have replaced the Barn Detective Workshop with a Thursday Event! Because Preble County has several covered bridges we thought a chauffeured van tour through the county to see these covered bridges would be something fun and different to do. So we are doing it! Preble County Historical Society is offering us knowledgeable docents to ride along in our four vans and will share interesting information about the bridges and Preble County. After our tour we will be taken to Mary Bullen’s barn for a BBQ dinner and presentation by Mary on the relocation and restoration of her barn.
Ohio once had approximately 3,500 covered bridges. Currently there are around 148. Eight of these are in Preble County. The youngest being the Hueston Woods Covered Bridge, built in 2012, which crosses Four Mile Creek in the Hueston Woods State Park. It is the newest example of the Burr truss system. The oldest example in the state and the second oldest in the county of the Burr truss system is the Roberts Bridge built in 1829 by Orlistus Roberts. This bridge was built with local lumber, local limestone quarried from Rocky Run and forged iron work. It is termed a double-barreled or dual wagon-way bridge. This particular bridge was moved to its current location after being vandalized and damaged by fire. These remaining six covered bridges by name were built by Everett S Sherman who arrived in Eaton in 1886: Warnke, Geeting, Dixon’s, Brubaker, Christman and Harshman. Sherman adapted the Childs truss system to include a multiple kingpost system with diagonal iron rods.
After we tour the bridges we will be taken to Mary Bullen’s four bay earth ramp barn that was built around 1850. The barn was relocated from the Montgomery farm ten miles north of Eaton to its current location in Camden. It is a 42’ x 72’ mostly beech frame that was in need of a lot of repair work. Mike Wengler stepped in upon Mary’s request and finished the restoration of this fine barn. Come hear the story from Mary and Mike and enjoy a catered BBQ dinner and know that you are supporting the Preble County Historical Society as well as having an enjoyable afternoon/evening with other FOB members ahead of the Ohio Barn Conference XXI.
Pre-registration is required for this event and there are a limited number of reservations so act quickly.