Ohio Barn Conference 11 Barn Tour Photos

Posted March 16th 2010

If you're thinking of attending this year's conference but you haven't signed up yet, you're missing out! We've posted photos of this year's Barn Tour barns on the conference page. Stop in and take a look at what you can explore if you sign up for the tour!

See the conference 2010 page for more information!

Ohio Barn Conference 11 is coming!

Posted February 8th 2010

Mark your calendars for April 23rd and 24th to attend another exciting Friends of Ohio Barns event. April 23rd will be the day long barn tour through the beautiful countryside of Wayne County, with a lunch stop at the famous Barn Restaurant in Smithville.

See the conference 2010 page for more information!

Barn Post, vol. 8 issue 3

Posted February 8th 2010 Carlisle Feathered

On the Friday evening of the 2003 Ohio Barn Conference in Chillicothe, some attendees were in town having dinner at the Cross Keys Tavern on Main Street when flames began shooting out of the third-story windows of the historic Carlisle Building across the street. For the next three hours we watched firefighters from Chillicothe and surrounding volunteer departments struggle to keep the building standing. Streams of water were directed from several teams of firefighters into different windows while smoke poured out of others. Pressure from the water hoses knocked stone crosses loose from above the third-floor gabled dormers. The stone crosses tumbled to the sidewalk and broke.

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Friends of Ohio Barns Endowment Fund

Posted November 27th 2009

Friends of Ohio Barns has established an endowment fund to help support the organization's various barn programs. The fund has been established through a partnership with Communities Inc. of the Columbus Foundation. The Foundation will manage the fund and future donations, helping to make the investment grow, and allowing us to withdraw monies for our projects as needed.

See more details on the Endowment Fund page.

Junior Barn Detective (JBD) Workshop

Posted October 30th 2009 Jbd

The first Junior Barn Detective (JBD) Workshop will be conducted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at Mt. Union college's Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. Their beautiful modern facility is located on Rt. #183 approx. 6 miles south of Alliance, Ohio (google map). The one day program will begin with registration from 8:30 to 9:00 AM and end at 5:00. Most of the program will be conducted indoors with outdoor forays to tour the Center's well maintained bank barn and a practice JBD style inspection of a neighboring barn in need of a lot of TLC.

This pilot training session is designed to further educate barn enthusiasts who are willing to go out into their own respective communities and assist owners and stewards of old barns by helping them understand preservation and maintenance techniques, available resources and perhaps build a better appreciation of the barn structure.

The cost of the workshop is only $15 per individual due to generous support of our host and presenters. This includes snacks, lunch and all classroom materials. All participants should be FOB members or become so by the end of the workshop. As the program will explain, any FOB participant who attends this workshop and then completes 3 or more JBD barn visits in their local communities, will receive a future complimentary FOB membership.

If you would like to register for this event, you may do so via PayPal (no PayPal membership is required!) right now!

If you would prefer to register by mail, please fill out and print this form and mail it along with a check made out to Friends of Ohio Barns to: P.O. Box 203, Burbank, Oh 44214.

If you have any questions or comments please contact us by email or call Paul Knoebel @ 330-882-5027.

Friends of Ohio Barns to be featured on Our Ohio TV!

Posted August 14th 2009

Julie Davis from Think TV finished filming a segment about Ohio Barns for Our Ohio TV. She has interviewed some of our members for the piece, so be sure to tune in the week of September 12th and watch the show! Go to ourohio.org and click on the tv/video icon for a station and viewing times near you!

Passing of Chuck Whitney

Posted July 16th 2009

One of Ohio's most beloved barn enthusiasts, Chuck Whitney passed away recently. We are very saddened by this great loss, and express our sincere condolences to the Whitney family. A full article celebrating the life and times of this Ohio icon is included in our fall newsletter, Vol.8 Issue 2.

2009 Friends of Ohio Barns Fall Picnic

Posted June 8th 2009

Please plan to join us for the Friends of Ohio Barns fall picnic, September 19th from noon to 5pm at the Fling Family Farm in beautiful Hillsboro, Ohio. We will provide the meats and drinks if you can bring a side dish!

Bill Fling, our 2009 recipient of the Barn of the Year award for adaptive re-use will host the event. He offers beautiful and unique weddings in the country at his farm stead, and the barn is one of the focal points to the experience! Part of the fun for the day will be a tour of the grounds and the barn. Bring your barn detective hat with you!

The address is 8205 Berrysville Rd, Hillsboro, 45133. Call toll free (877) 248-3456 for directions and check out their website, www.flingbarn.com for pictures and more information. This will be a rain or shine event, so come out and see us!

Photos from the Ohio Barn Conference

Posted June 8th 2009

After ten years of celebrating Ohio's beautiful barns, we still manage to find interesting aspects of design or joinery work wherever we go. Here are a few examples from our spring conference bus tour in the Bluffton area...enjoy!

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Barn of the Year awards for 2009

Posted June 8th 2009

This years recipients are Bill Fling and the Fling Family Farm in the Adaptive re-use category, and Ed Martinek in the Agricultural use category.

The Fling farm was purchased by Albert J. Fling around 1900. He built the barn in 1902 and farmed the land for many years. Bill and his family converted the barn into a facility to host weddings, reunions and private parties. The farm is in Hillsboro, Ohio in Highland county. You can check out their website (www.flingbarn.com) to view pictures of the farm.

Dr. Martinek's farm, located in Bellbrook, Ohio in Greene county, had a 1851 german style bank barn that was in need of repairs. Purchased in 2007 with 62 acres, Ed sought to restore the barn to its original glory, and use it to house hay and farm equipment. He hired Architectural Reclamation Inc. to perform the work, and today it proudly stands ready to work another 100 plus years!

Congratulations to you both!

New Options for Supporting our Heritage

Posted March 3rd 2009

Interested in donating to a worthy cause, and help save Ohio's Barns? Now there is a way to do it online! Through our affiliation with the Columbus Foundation, a state wide philanthropic organization, you can donate to Friends endowment fund established through the Power Philanthropy arm of the Foundation. Simply visit the Columbus Foundation and log in to Power Philanthropy to view our portrait and make your donation online! Under the Power Philanthropy logo, click on create a username & password. That page will open and you will see the Public Users access. Simply click on the sign up form, follow the directions and direct your donations to Friends of Ohio Barns Endowment Fund. Registration is quick, free, and secure! Thanks for helping out!

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Friends of Ohio Barns 10th Annual Ohio Barn Conference

Posted January 26th 2009

Come celebrate our 10th anniversary in the beautiful Village of Bluffton, Ohio on April 24th and 25th as we look back and look ahead in this two day event. Friday’s barn tour will give participants a rare view of some of the regions unique barn structures, and a chance to play barn detective! Saturday’s program will be at the Bluffton College, and will feature presentations, demonstrations, displays, and a silent auction. Fan favorites, the Barn Detectives & the Barn Repair Panel will highlight the event.

In an effort to reduce costs, but not the quality of presentations, this year’s conference is a two day event. We are planning a Friday evening meal get together after the bus tour. There are hotel rooms reserved at the Comfort Inn with a group rate discount. Don’t miss out on the early bird registration discounts!

Check this webpage for more information, and ways to register for the conference.

Donate to the Conference Silent Auction!

Posted January 26th 2009

Part of the fun we have each year during the Ohio Barn Conference is of course, the silent auction. Friends encourage everyone to bring silent auction items for the Saturday event. The proceeds help us offset the costs of the conference, and still provide you, the members, with a quality program.

We hope you can contribute an item or two – something handmade, collectible, store bought, or something interesting you’ve found in your travels. The more you bring, and the better the items, the more exciting the auction gets!

If you can’t find anything to bring, at least come prepared to make someone else bid a little higher before walking off with a treasure!

Friends Board Member Elections

Posted January 26th 2009

Friends of Ohio Barns will once again be seeking candidates to fill board positions of members whose terms are expiring. There are currently two open positions.

Responsibilities include participating in the annual barn conference, attending board meetings and conference calls, and representing Friends at festivals and events with the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing something to help save a part of Ohio’s rich agricultural heritage.

If you are interested in a board position, please send a short biography with your goals and ideas to:
Friends of Ohio Barns, P.O. Box 203, Burbank, Ohio 44214, or e-mail Friends. Remember, new blood brings fresh ideas, and keeps the organization alive with promise!

Accepting Barn of the Year Nominations

Posted January 26th 2009

Do you know of an outstanding barn in your region? If so, drop us a line and get it nominated for the annual Friends of Ohio Barns “Barn of the Year Award”. The deadline for entries is April 17th, 2009.


The Barn Repair Panel is back for ’09!

Posted January 26th 2009

Were back...!

The barn repair panel is ready and ready to take your questions and conundrums at the upcoming OBC X.

This is again your chance to get some free advice from some of the tops in their field! Please bring questions, but more importantly, pictures to share with us, and we will do our best to help. If you can put the pictures on a CD, they will project better for all to see and learn from.

If you send CDs in early, it gives the panel a chance to study your problem better, and maybe provide a more in depth answer! Feel free to send the pix to me, Ric Beck, at 7215 Kimberly Ct. Westerville, Ohio 43082

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