Friends of Ohio Barns to hold 12th annual “Ohio Barn Conference” in Fairfield County

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 beautiful Fairfield County Ohio on April 29 and 30.

Join Friends of Ohio Barns for another barn adventure starting Friday 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 forebay 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. 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.

Visit for more information and to register to attend the Ohio Barn Conference. You may also contact Friends Secretary Sarah Woodall at or Friends President Ric Beck at, 614-738-4302, if you have any questions.

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