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April 24, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Athens News: Geography’s Anderson Helps Lead Barn Tour

JTimothy Andersonoin the Friends of Ohio Barns and the Ohio University Department of Geography on a daylong bus tour through Athens County to see and explore a handful of wonderful historic barns on Friday, April 26. Stops will include White’s Mill and the Lance Barn, according to a news release

White’s Mill, originally built around 1850 in Meigs County and moved to the Hocking River site after a fire in 1912, took out the earlier Herrold’s Mill. The release also listed the Lance Barn, a 30-foot x 61-foot side entry New England barn with four bays and continuous 46-foot purlins, as another stop on the tour. Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer, the Barn Detectives, will be there to explain the barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for the tour. Lunch by The Village Bakery is included and will be served at the Grange Hall in Amesville.

According to the release, a conference hosted by the OU Department of Geography and the OU Geography Club will take place on Saturday, April 27, and will present the following speakers:

• Timothy Anderson, associate professor of Geography, OU, will be the keynote speaker. According to the release, Anderson has been researching material culture and settlement patterns and processes in the Ohio country and will focus his discussion of these and the occurrence of the Pennsylvania Barn in Ohio.

• Bob Eichenberg will speak on GIS and its potential applications for barn surveys and conservation.

• Dan Troth will entertain the group with a slide presentation and talk about early barn raisings.

• Tom O’Grady will deliver a presentation on local history titled “The Legacy of Levi T. Scofield: Architect of the Athens Asylum and other Treasure’s in Ohio’s Landscape.”

• George Eberts will give the participants a guided tour of the Asylum grounds, where the conference will be held.

• Rudy Christian and Larry Sulzer will entertain and inform with slides from Friday’s barn tour.

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