Historic barn conference set for April 27-28 in Summit County

Barn enthusiasts, barn owners, and maybe even a few barn “huggers” will be on hand during Ohio’s annual barn tour and conference, which will occur on April 27-28 in Hudson, Ohio.

Participants will visit several century barns and learn more about the agricultural history of the region. The conference also will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations, a silent auction and barn lore.

On Friday, April 27, Friends of Ohio Barns and the National Barn Alliance will host a daylong bus tour through the Cuyahoga Valley to see and explore the region’s historic barns. One stop will include the Brown/Bender barn from 1896, a three-story, large-bank barn with two sunken haymows and a center granary.  The tour also will include the Canal Corners Farmer’s Market barn, which is a modified Wisconsin barn and made of timbers milled in Tennessee and brought to Ohio in 1913. The tour will include several other interesting barns used for agriculture and adaptive re-use.

Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer, “the Barn Detectives,” will explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of structures chosen for the tour. The day includes lunch, prepared by Guido’s and served at the Church in the Valley.

Saturday, April 28 will include more presentations, displays and demonstrations. Scott Carlson, an accomplished timber framer and woodworker, will be this year’s keynote speaker and Charles Leik from the National Barn Alliance will speak on the future of America’s barns. Darwin Kelsey from the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy will discuss the Farmstead Conservancy in the park, how it was developed, and the future of the program. The conference also includes a panel of Farmstead farmers who will discuss their farms and how they fit into this system.

The 2012 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the lunch break. In addition, there will be barn-survey exhibits, antique tool exhibits, a bookstore, and a silent auction.

Friends of Ohio Barns is non-profit, membership-based organization created to promote awareness of Ohio’s historic barns through educational opportunities. Public membership is welcome.

Visit http://www.friendsofohiobarns.org to register. Contact Sarah Woodall at jwoodall1@neo.rr.com or Ric Beck at rbw7215@hotmail.com, 614-738-4302 for more information.

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