2015 Barn Tour
The historic barns on the 2015 Barn Tour.
This large raised barn has been in Martha Dills family for more than a century. Primarily hand-hewn, the barn is notable for its impressive stone foundations (quarried nearby). Access to the barn is limited due to significant structural damage. The future of this beloved barn is uncertain, and illustrates the challenges faced by many owners when trying to preserve a historic structure.
Kevin and Debra McDonald's idyllic country property is the setting for this pre-civil war era ground barn. A new roof was added in the 1880s to allow for additional hay storage. In addition to the barn, the McDonald's have preserved the historic farmhouse and several outbuilding on the property, including a summer kitchen and smokehouse. (c. 1850's-1860's)
This property has been in the Reese family for three generations, and has qualified for Century Farm status. The barn underwent extensive restoration five years with the assistance of Amish craftsmen. The grainery from a nearby 1860's barn was added at the that time. The barn is on the Hancock County Barn Quilt Trail, and houses a workshop and gift shop for nearby Kaleidoscope Farms. (c. 1870's)
This property has been in the same family for more than 180 years. While the main frame dates to the 1860's a new gambrel roof system was added in the 1880's to allow for additional hay storage. Today, this historic barn houses a complex and technical operation for raising and showing 4-H animals. In recent years, the Burners have raised several champions, including Hancock County's Gran Champion Market Beef in 2014. (c. 1860's)
The Laser Barn is particularly interesting as it is really two distinct barns. The front, raised barn is a plank construction with a unique truss system that sates to the 1910's or 1920's. As large timber became harder to find at the turn of the century, builders looked to laminated plank construction. The back barn may be the oldest barn featured on the barn Tour and dates back to the pre-Civil War era. The original pole rafters are still visible, and the main entry has been moved to a transverse presentation.
This Civil War-era ground barn was build by Henry Gressley and boasts many decorative louvers and a shed with a unique truss system. The Cupples family once used the barn to raise livestock, and now use it to store machinery for their 800+ acre family farm. (c. 1860's)
One of the oldest structures on the tour, this pre-civil war era three-bay barn was presumably built by the Clymer family. The barn has original pole rafters and vertical queen posts. A laminated plank shed addition was added in the 1920’s to accommodate livestock. Recently, the Livingstons have taken several measures to preserve the impressive barn.