2017 Annual Meeting and Barn Tour
The 2017 Historic Barn and Farm Foundation of PA annual barn tour will be held in Union County Pennsylvania June 16 and 17 2017.
Partnering with the Union County Historical Society and author Chris MacNeal, the HBFF/UCHS conference committee has selected eight barns that include stone, log and timber frames of differing ages, types and configurations. A single barn on Friday will be our classroom where you can learn about framing systems, terminology, problems and repair solutions. Half of our barns this year are still being used for their original purposes as part of working farms.
On Friday June 16, check-in begins at 11:30 at our main conference venue the Carriage Corner Restaurant, 257 E. Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg, a short 15 minutes south of Lewisburg. Please bring your items for the silent auction when you check in. After check in, you may proceed in your own vehicle to a barn where Doug Reed will talk about its history and general repairs that help owners maintain their barns in good condition. You can then return a very short distance back to the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum on Green Street. Show your registration ID for the HBFF tour and enjoy a reduced entrance fee which you will pay for at the door. After 3 PM you may also want to drive to Lewisburg and check into your hotel. The conference room at the Carriage Corner Restaurant will be open at 4 PM for you to relax and chat with old friends and make new friends. Visit the silent auction and, of course, bid high. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM. We will enjoy a nice buffet meal with three main course selections in a large room well equipped for our comfort and business meeting.
On Saturday, June 17, we will park our cars in the rear lot of the restaurant and board the buses for the tour which will end where we started. I cannot stress enough what you will miss if you do not attend this central Pennsylvania HBFF tour. The region is absolutely beautiful. The Mennonite horse and buggy culture is very much alive and thriving. The vistas of the farms, forest remains and distant mountains are wide open and uncluttered by sprawl. The agricultural overlay of the farms on the valley remains much as it looked in the 19th century.