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Adventures on Four Mile Creek

When the three-story saw mill on Lanes Mill Road fell in 2007, many assumed that was the beginning of the end for Manrod Farm. Two hundred years earlier, the farm’s grain mill and saw mill were considered the hub of the community. Since then, time had taken its toll and the historic property was slowly settling into decay.

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Cherryl and Toby Forte have graciously agreed to host an afternoon workshop at their farm outside of Oxford. The Forte’s will showcase their raised barn and farmhouse, discussing the details of renovations in the barn and house. Their farm is located at 3884 Wallace Rd. The event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, rain or shine. Pre-registration is required as we only have room for 40 folks. Cost is $10 per person. Cherryl has rooms available the weekend of the conference so call them if you are looking for a relaxing place to stay! Register online by following the link below for the 2016 Registration.

The Barn and Farm House

The barn was built around 1853. The original frame was all sash sawn timber from a mill right on the property! It has been carefully repaired using more modern material to make the barn useful for the Forte’s farming endeavors, while keeping costs under control.

The beautiful dark purple painted barn is a 3-bay cantilevered barn with a stone foundation.

The farm house was built around 1830 and very handsome. It also took many hours of loving restoration to repurpose the home into a bed and breakfast! Opening this spring, the Forte’s will happily invite quests to enjoy the idyllic setting that is the Forte farm. As an update, Cherryl was happy to announce that they have just received the Century Farm Classification for their farm!

Cherryl and Toby will provide us with before and after photos of the renovations, and discuss the challenges and rewards of fixing the barn and farmhouse. Harold Herran, the barn repair contractor, will also be on hand to answer questions about barn repairs.

Please join us for lively conversations, and tours of the barn and farmhouse bed and breakfast. Plenty of parking is available, there will also be refreshments! This is an indoor/outdoor event so please dress accordingly.

For Registration, please use the following link to the Friends of the Ohio Barns Website: http://friendsofohiobarns.org/2016-registration-information-ohio-barn-conference

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