Editor, The Courier:
I’ll be traveling through Vinton County in September and I’d like to find an old barn built before 1930 and ideally having a weathered look and a good story or two to go along with it.
Several years ago I started The Ohio Barn Project. I’m an artist and writer based in Cincinnati and I do oil paintings of old barns and write essays about them, which are posted on my website, www.barnart.weebly.com. Almost all of my paintings help raise funds for the local historical society, a museum, the 4-H, or some other nonprofit. I plan to include all 88 Ohio counties and I have 27 to go. My goal is to finish this year.
If a barn owner is interested, he or she can reach me via the contact form on my website. Old barns are disappearing quickly and, along with them, pieces of our past. I’m hoping to preserve some of this vanishing landscape.