Experience the beauty and heritage of America’s barns and rural resources through barn conferences, tours, hands-on preservation workshops, and more!  We are in regular communication with many state and local barn preservation organizations and affiliated professional groups, as well as rural historic sites.  Find out where there are events near you below! #saveourbarns #gorural

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19th Annual Ohio Barn Conference and Barn Tour
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day

Ohio Barn Conference –  Pre-registration is required

Saturday, April 28th 2018 from 8am to 5pm

Saturday’s conference will be held at the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum.  Fun fact:  Rudy Christian designed the timber frame in which we will be spending our day.  The site is beautiful and our presentations will not disappoint.  We have welcomed back Doug Reed to be our Keynote speaker.  Doug has been spending a lot of time overseas and has been contemplating how historical events have changed the way barns have been built.  Doug will explain that barns are not only a part of history but how and why have they changed as part of the context of history.  He will have a slideshow to help uncover some of the changes and explain how and why they came about.  Rudy Christian and Laura Saeger will continue on with our International Theme and present a slide show of the many interesting structures that they found while in Myanmar.  Myanmar is a tropical country which means both farming and the barns and outbuildings farmers use are quite different than what we find in America.  During the monsoon seasons crops thrive on the rain but during the dry season the river banks and lake become quite low and farmers take advantage of the riverbanks and lakeshores to plant fast-growing crops.  The dry season also allows crops to be dried and stored in the fields, so farm buildings are typically small and used to feed and water animals and store crops like rice and beans. From Myanmar we will travel back to Carroll County with a presentation from Amy Rutledge, Director of the Carroll County Chamber and Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, on some of the history of Carroll County.    Amy will have a slide presentation and talk about the naming of the county, people of interest from the county, and the creation of the lake region.   After lunch and our Annual Member Meeting we will be entertained, no doubt, by our very own Barn Detectives, Rudy Christian and Dan Troth.  If you miss out on the barn tour then you will be able to get a glimpse of what the lucky ones saw on the Friday tour.  And if you go on the tour then you will no doubt get a glimpse of the unusual pieces and parts of the tour that you may have missed!  This year we will conduct a Barn Repair Panel with the help of Rudy Christian, Doug Reed, Ric Beck, Dan Troth, Caleb Miller and Mike Wengler.  In the last newsletter we asked for submissions on barn repair questions for the panel to handle.  Please check the Panel Discussion article in this newsletter for information.  And we have welcomed back Nate and Lauren Etler, the first recipients of our Barn Conservation Grant, to give us an update on their barn repairs and the process they went through.  As usual we will conduct the Silent Auction and Keith Sommer will be bringing back his fabulous antique tool collection to show.

It will be another great adventure so mark your calendar, make your hotel arrangements and get your registrations completed so you don’t miss out!


For more information, visit the Friends of Ohio Barns’ website:

23rd MBPN Annual Conference @ Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters and Museum
May 4 – May 5 all-day

Michigan Barn Preservation Network’s 23rd Annual Conference & Barn Tours

May 4-5, 2018

It’s once again time for the Annual Michigan Barn Preservation Network Conference and Barn Tours. This year the conference will be held at the Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters and Museum located in St. Johns, Michigan.

Friday we feature our bus tour of local area barns. We then invite you to join us for dinner at the Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters and Museum for some great food and entertaining stories and photos about Michigan barns from Keith Bruder.

Saturday we will have featured speakers, auctions, and other presentations. But, one of the highlights of the day will be the awards luncheon when the prestigious coveted 2018 Barn of the Year Awards will be announced and presented.

With something for everyone, the Annual Conference is an event not to be missed!

For more information, visit the conference website:

12th Annual Barnstormers Tour & Plein Air Paint-Out, Frederick, MD
Jun 9 all-day

The 12th Annual Barnstormers Tour is June 9, 2018!

The Barns Of Wolfsville

More than eight barns near Wolfsville, Md. will be featured during the 12th Annual Barnstormers Tour and Plein Air Paint-Out. The event takes place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Beginning at 4 p.m., the paintings done during the day will be offered for sale at the host farm, located at 11720 Wolfsville Rd., Myersville, MD 21773

Delicious food at the host farm! Come back for lunch and dinner.

In10se Barbeque Company will sell delicious beef, pork, chicken, french fries and cold drinks at the host farm, beginning at lunch time. Sno-Belles will also be at the host farm throughout the afternoon with shaved ice and soft-serve ice cream!

Plein air artists will paint and sell their art at the host farm after the tour!

After the tour, head back to the host barn at 11720 Wolfsville Road for dinner or refreshments and a great chance to purchase a new painting straight off of the easel! A portion of the proceeds from art sales benefits the projects of Frederick County Landmarks Foundation.

This annual self-guided tour calls attention to these beautiful old structures and their importance to our agricultural heritage. The tour provides a rare opportunity to gain access to some of our most scenic and private farm properties.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 per person at the first two locations listed below. On the day of the event, tickets may be purchased at the Host Farm for $20 per person. Children, age 16 and under, are free. This year, each ticket buyer must wear a plastic wristband to gain entry to the tour properties.

For more information, visit their website or find them on Facebook (!