Help Us Save A Historic Barn

This is the Wingate-Haas barn, which was built by Nelson Wingate before 1890.   This English Ground Barn sits on a farm that was originally settled in 1830 and has been in the same family until my family purchased the land in 2005.   After taking ownership of the farm, we researched the history of the land and discovered the deep historical connection to the area and nineteenth-century agriculture.   We recognize the barn transcends our family’s ownership; therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure that it survives and can be shared with the community for another hundred years.  

The barn was featured by the Hancock Historical Museum’s award-winning barn tour in fall 2019, which offered over a thousand visitors from all over Ohio a chance to walk the grounds and visit our unique barn.   This event gave us the encouragement to restore this barn which is in need of some significant framing work to repair to repair dry rot and water damage,  which occurred during a period when the farm was abandoned and in disrepair.   We now want to restore this structure and use it to host community events and historical educational tours; however, funding is a challenge while raising a family and maintaining the rest of the property.  

Please help us by donating!   We are contracting with a timber framing group that specializes in repairing classic wooden barns.  Although the majority of the framing is in beautiful condition, one of the weight-bearing main corner posts requires replacing, the roof needs work, and both ends needs uplift due to a century of settling.  We are going to do as much work on the barn ourselves as we can, but the materials, heavy equipment needed, and labor are beyond our means.   Most importantly, the barn is in a critical stage, were without repair, one strong storm or heavy wet snow could damage it beyond repair so time is critical. 

Please help us save this beautiful piece of history for our community and the generations to come!
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