The big red barn on Barlow Road is being restored.
Built in 1895 as a dairy barn for cows and hay storage, it is now being restored for current use by rebuilding the foundation, replacing deteriorated siding, windows and doors, repairing the roof and lots of paint. In addition the floor loading has been enhanced, barn lighting will be installed and the entrance will become ADA compliant.
Case-Barlow Farm, a non-profit organization, owns the 1814 homestead including the house, wagon barn, corn crib and barn.
"The organization has been able to fund the restoration work from generous donors, grants and memberships," says Linda Matty, Board chairman for the farm. "Period antique furnishings have been graciously donated by Hudson Questers groups, individuals and loaned from the Hudson Library & Historical Society.
Matty says people often ask why are their the two names on the farm. Three generations of the Case family owned the farm when Hattie Case married Franklin Fletcher Barlow. Hattie and Franklin moved to North Loup, Neb., and began a homestead of their own. According to family records in 1892 or 1893, they were asked to return to Hudson and operate the farm after the sudden death of Hattie's father, Henry Case in 1890.
The Barlow family continued to operate the farm for the next 100 years. During the 1990’s, it was saved from demolition when the non-profit organization was formed and purchased the farm for all of Hudson's citizens to enjoy.
Check out "Big Red" at the 20th annual Case-Barlow Farm Fall Harvest Fest Sept. 9 from noon to 5 p.m. at the historic farm, 1931 Barlow Road in Hudson. The admission fee of $6 per child and $8 per adult covers all the fun activities. Food may be purchased.
New this year, the Wood Shop Committee at Laurel Lake will demonstrate old-fashioned hand saws, planes and various tools used on the farm. The 19th Ohio Light Artillery Civil War unit will be joined by Civil War musician Sue Wheeler. During the American Civil War, music played a prominent role on both sides of the conflict. Music was a diversion away from the bloodshed and tensions that came with fighting.
Favorites retuning include antique vehicles, duck races, candle making, Ride’em & Rope’em, hay wagon rides, pony rides, farm animals, games and crafts. The Birds in Flight Raptor Center will showcase rescued wildlife birds and Herps Alive will be an interactive reptile and amphibian experience not to be missed.
Farm house tours and demonstrations of old-fashion crafts such as weaving, quilling, chair canning, seat weaving, bread making, and rug hooking. The quilt show features various patterns and techniques.
Refreshments for purchase include hot dogs, cookies, snacks, ice cones, drinks, the famous Case Barlow Root Beer Floats.