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What is it about our old barns? We admire these huge structures built to shelter livestock, farming equipment, grain and hay. As much art as architecture, each barn has a story about the development of the Arcadia area and the struggles and triumphs of the families who built them. What better time to tour these historic structures than a crisp fall day.
                                              The Dennis-Lockhart barn, 259 Rt. 88 South near Silver Hill Road
Save the Date! The Newark-Arcadia Historical Society’s second bi-annual barn tour is set for Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is a self guided event with all five of the featured barns located within a few minutes of the Marbletown Centennial Schoolhouse, where refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 each and available at the museum on High St., Wegmans, and the Newark Public Library. The tour goes on, rain or shine! 
In addition to the tour, the Dennis-Lockhart farm will be the site of a hay carrier demonstration, conducted by Gary & Karen Jones as well as a display by the Rose City Quilters.
Barns to be open for inspection are:
* The Peters barn, 101 South Marbletown Road, built in the 1860’s, purchased by Lee and Sharon Peters from Mary Faas in 1985. Enjoy viewing some of the nicest scenery in Arcadia.
* Benedict Barn- Miller Road, east of the Marbletown Corners- Once a dairy farm, operated from 1957 until 1988 by partners Dan and Edith Bendict and Kenneth and Gertrude Miller. 
* Brennessel Barn- 265 Finewood Road, off Miller Road. Originally owned by the Gifford family. It was purchased in 1942 by Elon and Olive Finewood and is now owned by their grandson,  Daniel Brennessel. It features unique construction, with a capacity of 10,000 bales of hay.
* Dennis- Lockhart Barn- 259 Route 88 South, just past Silver Hill Road.- George Dennis became owner of what was known as the King farm in 1930 after having worked for the trolley in Newark. He would call it Alta Crest Farm. At about this time, Mr. Dennis built the barn, a “drive through” barn measuring 36’ x 80’. It is believed to be a “James Way” kit barn. He also built a cattle shed, two silos, and a new house for the farm manager to the south. The Dennis’ lived in the brick house to the north. Current owners are the Lockharts.
* Reynolds Barn- 102 Rt. 88-S (just north of Clark Rd.)- Not much is known about the history of the two barns. The owner indicates the rear barn was moved at one time so it now adjoins the bigger barn. Much restoration has taken place of both barns. The 1904 Wayne County Atlas indicates the farm was owned by Jacob & Sarah Smith.


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1 Comment to "2018 Newark-Arcadia Historical Society Barn Tour"

  1. Unknown Said,

    Yes to the Barn Tour! What a delightful afternoon frolicking about the barns and schoolhouse. Each corner of the neighborhoods brought me to another world, a world of now and used to be. The vibrancy of the history tickled me and the peace surrounding each one, embracing.

    Thank you Newark-Arcadia Historical Society for your creation of the Barn Tours, what a git.

    Posted on Wed Oct 10, 07:37:00 AM EDT


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