Barn Again program stresses restoration value and methods


BURTON, Ohio – Geauga County’s Barn Again program will hold a two-day workshop Sept. 28-29 in Burton to provide information and ideas about preserving and restoring old barns, sugar houses, and other historic farm structures.

The two day program will include both speakers and tours of historic Geauga County barns.

On Friday speakers will address the questions of what might be done with an old barn, the economic feasibility of saving old structures, and how old farm structures can be restored.

The program will take place in the Bond Center of the Geauga Historical Society in Burton.

Four barns. On Saturday participants will tour four barns in Auburn and Russell townships.

Barn Again is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Historical Preservation Office.

In Geauga County Barbara James, local extension agent and coordinator of the program, is working with a committee of local citizens who are committed to saving Geauga’s historic farm structures.

“Preservation on the farm,” James said, “is often hampered by a prevailing attitude that ‘newer is better’ and by a lack of information about rehabilitation of rural buildings. With most available literature stressing new construction, barn owners have often had to improvise if they wanted to convert an old barn for a new use.”

Registration. Registrations are being taken for the two day program, with a registration deadline of Sept. 17.

To receive a flyer with registration form, write Ohio State University Extension, Geauga County, 14269 Claridon-Troy Rd., P.O. Box 387, Burton, OH 44021 or call 440-834-4656, 440-285-2222, ext. 5260, or 440-564-7131, ext. 5260. a


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