HUDSON – Please join Friends of Ohio Barns in collaboration with the National Barn Alliance for another barn adventure starting Friday, April 27, with a daylong bus tour through the Cuyahoga Valley in Summit County to see and explore many wonderful historic barns. One stop will be the Brown/Bender barn. A three story tall large bank barn with two sunken haymows and a center granary built in 1896. An example of adaptive re-use will be the Canal Corners Farmer’s Market barn, which is a modified Wisconsin barn, made of timbers milled in Tennessee and brought to Ohio in 1913. Several other interesting barns used for agriculture and adaptive re-use will be visited as well. 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 Guido’s and served at the Church in the Valley.

Saturday’s conference on April 28 will be filled with presentations and displays. The group is very fortunate to have Scott Carlson, an accomplished timber framer and woodworker as their keynote speaker this year. Charles Leik from the National Barn Alliance will speak on the future of America’s barns as well as the NBA’s accomplishments and future goals.  Darwin Kelsey from the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy will speak about the Farmstead Conservancy in the park, how it was developed and the future of the program.  There will be a panel of Farmstead farmers on board to discuss their farms and how they fit into this system. David Snider from Somerset will be speaking on local history and the “Agricultural Juggernaut”. And there will be an entertaining wrap up from the Barn Detectives with slides from Friday’s barn tour. The 2012 Barn of the Year Awards will be presented during the lunch break and they will also hold their Annual Meeting. There will be barn survey exhibits, antique tool exhibits, a bookstore, 1/4 scale barn models as well as a silent auction filled with interesting items and much more! Please join them 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 their Web site 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.