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PHOTOS: Case-Barlow Farm provides learning opportunities about life in the past

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: September 21, 2016 12:12 AM
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Hudson -- Visitors to the Case-Barlow Farm annual Fall Harvest Fest were able to view the second floor of the bank barn, tour the historic farm house and enjoy activities on the grounds of the farm.

The event was well attended and the weather cooperated, holding off on the rain until after the event concluded.

Children could learn about farm life by weaving, dipping candles, dying fabric and washing laundry by hand. They could also pet an assortment of animals and try their hand at milking a fake cow.

Games included bowling with pumpkins, apple bobbing, face painting and horseback riding.

For adults there were antique cars, Civil War reenactors from the 29th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and tours of the upper level of the barn. The ramp for the bank barn has been rebuilt with the original stones supporting the sides.

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About 50 children provided suggestions for the name of the stuffed owl in the barn with "Oliver" the owl being the winner, said Barbara Bos, CBF Board of Trustees member.

Two dozen entries were judged in the "Just Desserts" baking contest, and Owen D'Antonio won the youth category with chocolate cookies, and Lynn D'Antonio won the adult category with pumpkin cake.

Proceeds benefit farm

Each year money is raised to make improvements to the Case-Barlow Farm through events like the Farm Fest and donations from residents and organizations.

Liz Murphy, Keith Curley and Kristina Roegner, co-authors of "Picture Hudson," presented $3,000 to the Case-Barlow Farm and $6,000 to Destination Hudson from sales of the book at the Farm Fest.

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"The major work has been done on the farm house, wagon shed and corn crib, and our efforts are being focused on that beautiful 1890 bank barn," Bos said.

Through the years projects have been undertaken to repair, replace or replicate buildings on the farm, said Phil Wiese, member of the CBF Board of Trustees.

The corn crib was rebuilt, and a dog house was replicated.

Last year workers discovered a cistern near the silo when removing stones to repair the ramp to the barn. The cistern gathered water from the large barn which was used for the animals. This year a Boy Scout reproduced the dog house behind the wagon barn and discovered another cistern beneath it, Wiese said. The cistern gathered run-off from the wagon barn and stored it to use for watering the garden.

A Boy Scout plans to turn the cistern below the dog house into a well with a kiosk covering, and the dog house will be moved a short distance away, Wiese said.

Hudson resident Paul Westlake created preliminary drawings for the architectural restoration of the bank barn, Wiese said.

On the lower level of the barn, Sugar Creek Builders had to remove rotten ends near the bank area but paired the old beams with new beams, Wiese said.

"The barn will have an adaptive reuse," Wiese said. "To preserve learning and the history of the era and pair the old with the new for a new purpose."

For more information go to www.casebarlowfarm.com.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP


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