Barn raising to restore old building in Carroll


An old-fashioned barn raising and picnic will be held tomorrow at the Carroll County Farm Museum, where an Amish crew will re-erect a 19th-century structure that was moved from Westminster to make way for a housing development.

The peg-and-post-style bank barn dates to 1842 and stood for more than 150 years on a 93-acre farm at Uniontown Road and Route 31. Developer Jonathan Fink of Triangle Realty and Construction Co. of Pikesville plans to build 111 single-family homes on the site and restore a 19th-century stone house there.

Fink donated the barn to the farm museum. An Amish construction crew from Henry Stoltzfus' W. W. Builders of Christiana, Pa., dismantled the barn in March, then hauled it piece by piece across town to the museum on South Center Street, just outside the Westminster city limits.

Museum officials hope to use the 45-by-60-foot, two-story barn as a welcome center and to exhibit several oversized antique farm machines, said Dottie Freeman, farm museum administrator.

The barn raising will feature food, country music, square dancers, demonstrations by 19th-century artisans, antique cars and guided tours of the farmhouse.

Proceeds from admissions and a fund-raising auction will go toward the estimated $50,000 cost of the barn raising.

The barn raising will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting. The auction will begin at 2: 30 p.m. Rain date is May 9.

Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and children ages 7 to 18. Children 6 and younger are admitted free.

Information: 410-848-7775.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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