2011-03-19 / News

Ohio Barn Conference set for April 29-30

LANCASTER – Please join Friends of Ohio Barns for another barn adventure starting Friday, April 29, with a daylong bus tour through Fairfield County to see and explore many wonderful historic barns.

One stop will be the recently restored Rock Mill, a gristmill originally built in 1824 located on the Hocking River gorge. Other stops include two working barns, unique double four-bay barns and an example of adaptive re-use by converting a barn into a home.

Rudy Christian, Larry Sulzer and other Barn Detectives will be there to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour. Lunch will be prepared by the Bremen Area Historical Society and served at the Bremen Museum and Community Center.

Saturday’s conference will be filled with presentations, displays and demonstrations. We are very fortunate to have Randy Nash, a New York State barn enthusiast, preservationist and historian, as our keynote speaker this year. He helped implement the New York State Barn Grant Program and is a member of the Dutch Barn Preservation Society.

Rachel Krause from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office will be there to discuss matters of federal historic tax credits and the application process. Tom O’Grady and Carroll Neidart will have many interesting local stories for our enjoyment. Nick Wiesenberg will be on board this year presenting on the art and science of dating barns using “dendrochronology”. David Fey from the Fairfield County Park District will talk about the history of the Rock Mill and its restoration. There will be an entertaining wrap up from the Barn Detectives with slides from Friday as well as an update from the JBD team. The 2011 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the lunch break and we will also hold our Annual Meeting. There will be barn survey exhibits, antique tool exhibits, a bookstore, barn models as well as a silent auction filled with interesting items and much more! Please join us for what will be a very entertaining and educational conference.

Visit our website http://www.friendsofohiobarns.org for more information and to register to attend the Ohio Barn Conference. You may also contact Friends Secretary Sarah Woodall at jwoodall1@neo.rr.com or Friends President Ric Beck at rbw7215@hotmail.com, 614-738-4302, if you have any questions.

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