Public invited to Friends of Ohio Barns conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:48
ATHENS - All visitors are welcome to Ohio's only annual barn tour and conference which is planned for April 26-27 in Athens County.
The barn tour set for the first day will visit several what organizers consider "magnificent century barns" and will also include lunch. The closing day's barn conference will feature local historians, guest speakers, a silent auction, Barn of the Year Award presentations, and what is being promoted as "a good dose of barn lore."
The event is hosted by the Ohio University Department of Geography in conjunction with the OU Geography Club, opens with the daylong bus tour through Athens County to see and explore a handful of historic barns. One stop will be White's Mill that was originally built around 1850 in Meigs County and moved to the Hocking River site after a fire in 1912 took out the earlier Herrold's Mill. Another stop will be the Lance Barn, a 30' x 61' side entry New England barn with four bays and continuous 46' purlins.
Many of the barns in this area have wooden hay tracks, some curved and others perpendicular to one another. Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer, the Barn Detectives, will be there to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour. Lunch is included and will be prepared by The Village Bakery and served at the Grange Hall in Amesville.
The April 27th conference will be filled with presentations. Dr Timothy Anderson, associate professor of geography, at Ohio University, will be the keynote speaker. Anderson has been researching material culture and settlement patterns and processes in the Ohio country and will focus his discussion of these and the occurrence of the Pennsylvania Barn in Ohio.
Bob Eichenberg will speak on GIS and its potential applications for barn surveys and conservation. Dan Troth plans to entertain the group with a slide presentation and talk about early barn raisings. Tom O'Grady will deliver a presentation on local history titled "The Legacy of Levi T. Scofield: Architect of the Athens Asylum and other Treasure's in Ohio's Landscape."
George Eberts will close the day by giving the participants a guided tour of the Asylum grounds where the conference is to be held. And the Barn Detectives will entertain and inform with slides from Friday's barn tour. The 2013 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the break for lunch that will be provided by The Purple Chopstix, and there will also the annual member meeting.
There will be exhibits as well as a silent auction filled with interesting items and much more. Organizers believe thiswill be a very entertaining and educational conference.
Public membership is welcome but not required to attend.
To register for the conference visit the website or contact  the secretary Sarah Woodall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the president Ric Beck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . More information can also be obtained by calling (614) 738-4302.

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