September 29, 9am–5pmWhere
Muhlhauser Barn 8558 Beckett Rd.,, West Chester, OH 45069
This is the first time an exhibit has been held in Ohio that features not only old barns from 88 Ohio counties but one that honors the restoration of the Muhlhauser barn.
Dr. Robert Kroeger, author and artist, started the Ohio Barn Project in 2012 and, after thousands of miles of traveling, myriad hotel nights, and numerous fundraisers for historical societies and other nonprofits, completed the project in 2019, visiting the final three counties. Almost all of the paintings are framed with wood from Ohio barns, many with siding from the barn painted.
Plans are underway, coordinated and powered by Union Center Boulevard Merchant Association, for this unique event, the first time that old barns from each of Ohio’s 88 counties have been recognized, underlining the predicament of their deterioration, collapse and dismantling of what once was the backbone of Ohio.
As old barns disappear, one by one, a part of Ohio’s once-familiar landscape vanishes. In the 1800s Cincinnati was a German beer drinking town and the brewers grew their hops and grains in Butler County’s farm country, storing the crops in this barn before transporting them to the Windisch-Muhlhauser brewery in downtown Cincinnati, an area known as Over-the-Rhine.
The Muhlhauser barn, dating to 1881 as its slate roof testifies, is one of the finest barn restorations in Ohio and has hosted over 1,000 events in the past several years. It’s history – of growing hops and grains – involved with breweries in 19th century Cincinnati makes this venue even more special.
The paintings of the barns and essays will be the basis for Historic Barns of Ohio, a book published by Arcadia Press, which will also be available – for book signings – during the event.
Several activities are being planned for this one-of-a-kind event and will be posted eventually. There is no cost to attend. Hotel rooms nearby will be available for those out-of-town visitors spending the night. For more information, call (513) 759-3960.
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Note: The hours listed are a guess at this point. When the hours of the exhibit are known, this event listing will be updated.