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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:09 PM

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MT. VERNON — Come join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference to be held in the heart of Ohio, Knox County.

The conference will be in Mt. Vernon from April 24-26. Please join Friends of Ohio Barns for another barn adventure starting Thursday with a pre-conference workshop at The Barn in Mt. Vernon for a discussion on re-purposing an old historic barn into an event space.

Friday is an all-day barn tour, including lunch, visiting several century barns and the Knox County Agricultural Museum. Friday kicks off the Full Conference package with a daylong bus tour through Knox County to see and explore many wonderful historic barns.

One stop will be a barn conversion completed by one of our Saturday speakers, Doug Morgan. Several of the barns have examples of swing beams and one barn we have on the tour specifically to see if we can stump the Barn Detectives. German influence can be seen in many of the barns and we will visit the only Sweitzer barn in the county. There is always so much to learn from the Barn Detectives and other knowledgeable members about barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for this tour.

Lunch will be prepared by SIPs Catering and will be served at the Mt. Vernon Developmental Center.

Saturday’s barn conference will feature local historians, guest speakers, demonstrations and a good dose of barn lore. We are very fortunate to have Jeff Marshall, president of the Heritage Conservancy in Pennsylvania, as our keynote speaker this year. Marshall has extensive knowledge in architecture and historic preservation as well as knowledge about historic barns.

Morgan, president of the Mt. Vernon Barn Company, will speak about his passion of saving old barns and re-purposing them when possible; he has a lofty goal in his “Odyssey”.

Dan Troth will give a presentation on his latest adventure, Saving the Cellar Barn and House, and Laura Saeger and Rudy Christian will tell about their recent experience in re-purposing a barn in Ann Arbor.

Tom O’Grady will speak to the history of the area and the Barn Detectives will follow up with their findings from Friday’s tour with a slide show and antics.

The 2014 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the lunch break and we will also hold our annual meeting. Enter your barn on our website to win the Agricultural Use, Adaptive Re-use or Stewardship Awards. 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.

Friends of Ohio Barns is a 501c3 non-profit membership-based organization created to promote awareness of the significance of Ohio’s historic barns through educational opportunities that bring together barn owners, barn lovers and folks who believe in the stewardship of Ohio barns. Public membership is welcome.

Visit our website for more information and to register online to attend the Ohio Barn Conference.

If you have any questions, you may also contact Friends Secretary Sarah Woodall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Friends President Ric Beck at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 614-738-4302.


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