CARROLLTON — Join barn enthusiasts, barn owners and maybe even a few barn “huggers” at Ohio’s only annual barn tour and conference, to be held in Carroll County April 27-28. The conference is conducted by Friends of Ohio Barns.

Friday kicks off the full conference package with a daylong bus tour through Carroll County to see and explore some wonderful historic barns in beautiful settings. Registration will be held in a fantastic example of a dairy barn turned into an event barn. Tour participants will be visiting a barn that was converted from gable to gambrel construction that also sports some incredible stone work in the foundation. There will be an amazing double-crib log barn made of virgin timber to view on the tour as well. Other stops will include the Carroll County Golden Age Retreat barn as well as a very old scribe-rule Sweitzer barn and accompanying sandstone house. There is always so much to learn from the Barn Detectives, Rudy Christian and Dan Troth, and other extremely knowledgeable members about barn structures and the unique aspects of the barns chosen for this tour. The barn tour requires pre-registration and information can be found on the website listed below.

Saturday’s conference will be a day filled with presentations. This year the conference will be at Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum. Keynote speaker will be Doug Reed who will be speaking about European barns. Rudy Christian and Laura Saeger will have a presentation on "Farms and Farm Buildings of Myanmar" to continue this year’s international theme. Amy Rutledge from the Carroll County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will be giving a presentation on some of the history of Carroll County. This year we will have a Barn Repair Panel to discuss pre-submitted questions of member’s barn repair issues. Lauren Etler will return with her report on how the Barn Conservation Grant helped her and her husband, Nate, with their barn repairs. And, of course, the Barn Detectives will follow up with their findings from Friday’s tour with a slide show and their usual antics. There will be the annual member meeting, exhibits and vendors along with the annual silent auction filled with interesting items and much more.

Friends of Ohio Barns is a membership based organization created to promote awareness of the significance of Ohio’s historic barns through educational opportunities that bring together barn owners, barn lovers and folks who believe in the stewardship of Ohio barns.

Visit the website for more information and to register securely online to attend the Ohio Barn Conference. If you have any questions, you may also contact Friends Secretary Sarah Woodall at or Friends Past President Ric Beck at, 614-738-4302. Find and Like us on Facebook.