Learn about a group working to save Ohio’s barns

Exterior of the barn on the farm of Roger and Jan Cox, who raise sheep in Morrow County. The couple was honored for maintaining the barn, which dates to the early 1800s.

Barns are the sentinels of our rural landscape. Many have kept watch over our fields and small towns for a century or more. These engineering marvels of ancient timbers hold the history of framing and farming – and the people who came before us.

And these symbols of our rural heritage are disappearing at an alarming rate.

One barn-dismantler recently told a friend that his company takes down three old barns a week. And his company is one of many whose “we buy old barns” signs now dot the landscape like dandelions in spring.

Some unwanted barns will be dismantled and rebuilt as a barn or as someone’s home, or for another purpose. Many others will end up in pieces, picked apart and scattered across the globe as lumber for flooring, cabinets, furniture and other wood products. Someone needs to do something about this before they’re all gone. And people like the Friends of Ohio Barns are doing something. This group of barn enthusiasts is an eclectic organization of farmers, timber framers, architects and preservationists who rally around Ohio’s barns.

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