In 2009 we purchased 50 acres of farmland on State Route 3 & 36 close to Bangs, OH, from the Francis and Loretta Meier estate. On the property is an early 1900's barn that the Meier family used for livestock. The foundation of the barn was crumbling and the back part of the barn collapsed. Because of the beautiful structure in the main part of the barn with the hand hewn beams, which are believed to date back to the 1850's, and wooden pins, we explored several options for saving the barn.
The Barn Being Moved Back 125 ft.
Our motive for fixing up the old barn was to preserve a piece of history in our hometown and to provide a place for our growing family to gather. After restoring it, we feel that other families and church groups could enjoy using the barn for fellowship in a comfortable, fun and family-friendly atmosphere.
The Original Barn
With the help of an Amish friend, we chose to tear the back part of the barn off and then move it 125 feet further off the highway and put it over a new foundation. The back was built back on and new wood siding and roof were put on. All of the old beams were preserved with some new bracing beams put in for stability. Much of the old siding is used on the inside. An oak stairway was added to reach the spacious loft area.
The barn is available for rental from April - mid December. It is heated with a natural gas boiler which provides radiant heat throughout the flooring. Other amenities include a full kitchen, two bathrooms, seating areas and a spacious loft area with a large TV, pool table, ping pong and air hockey tables. Outdoors there is a lighted basketball court, fire ring, outdoor grill and plenty of room for outdoor games. Booking prices vary according to activity. In order to provide a safe, family-friendly environment, we do not permit the use of alcohol or tobacco products on the premises.
The Owners - Steve & Janet Thompson & Family
Steve & Janet have been natives of central Ohio their whole lives. They love the town of Mount Vernon and the wonderful people that make our city the great place that it is. The Thompsons have been very involved in our community throughout the years - via sports at Mount Vernon Schools, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and in many other areas. They have four grown children and eight grandchildren who all reside in Ohio.