Knox County Barn Tour 2016 and Sponsors from 2014 tour

2016 Knox County Barn Tour updates 

Continue to view this site as there will be more information posted closer to the event date.

The 2016 Knox County Barn Tour will take place on September 10. The second Saturday in September is the usual date of this event on even years.

The Knox County Renaissance Foundation has produced a  barn tour every two years since 2008. In 2014  approximately 600 people visited 5 barns. Thirty historic barns have been opened to the public for the one day event in the past four events. No barns have ever been repeated.  There has never been a charge for this event which is held to celebrate the cultural heritage of Knox County.  Any proceeds from the event however go to further the mission of KCRF and toward the ongoing conservation of the historic IOOF Building at 112-114 South Main Street in Mount Vernon, the home and current restoration project of KCRF.

Volunteers and vendors are invited. Anyone interested in participating  please call Phyllis Williams at 427-9015, Jeff Gottke at, or Carol Rine at

Plein-Art has always been a part of the Knox County Barn Tour in the barn portraits created by local artists over the last four shows. In  2016 the third and fifth grades will have a competition. There will also be a show of professional barn art this year.

Music at the barns has also been a part of the tour.  Another addition to the events is an ‘after the tour’ barn  dance.  In 2016 The Back Porch Swing Band will play at the Mount Vernon Barn Company on Hopewell Rd.DSCN3777

The Town and Country Garden Club will have a sale to raise money for its beautification projects around Knox County.

Mini-barn raising for the kids.

New to the tour are Doug and Beth Morgan from The Mount Vernon Barn Company saving and repurposing 19th century Ohio barns and log houses to be enjoyed by future generations.  Mount Vernon Millworks provides an opportunity for local woodworkers to use locally sourced wood to produce high quality cabinetry and furniture. Mount Vernon Barn Company uses reclaimed, zero carbon footprint wood in many of their projects. See

Antique tractor lovers will find equipment to view and enjoy at several locations.

New to the 2014 event  was the Kenyon College Dance Department.  Kenyon College dancers  performed site-specific choreography at the beautiful Hammer Song Farm (13775 Wade Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050)   Kora Radella’s Choreographer II students  each directed an engaging piece to interact with the unique qualities of the barn and surrounding landscape with dancers from technique classes taught by Julie Brodie and Balinda-Craig Quijada. “Site specific choreography invites the artists and audience members to experience a site anew. The choreographer researches the site, noting its unique properties, and decides on ways to bring that site alive through movement performances. The choreographers and dancers are challenged to create choreography that really relies on that exact site as a limitation and as an inspiration. The dances have been created on site and not in a traditional setting. This forces the choreographers to develop their movement language based on the site versus creating movement in the studio and simply adapting to the site. For example, the choreographer who is working with the barn, is noticing and utilizing the architecture of the barn. The other four choreographers of the Choreographer II class are on sites around the exquisitely beautiful Hammer Song Farm landscape.” – Kora Radella

Barn Tour Dance Performance at Hammer Song

Hammer Song Farm trees

adjusted alpacas



Barns from the 2014 tour

The Yarman Farm

16356 Wooster Road Gene and Jane Yarman Amity

16356 Wooster Road
Gene and Jane Yarman

The Randall Farms

8981 Sparta Road Diane and Terry Randall Fredericktown

8787  Sparta Road
Diane and Terry Randall

8787 Sparta Road Diane and Terry Randall Fredericktown

8981 Sparta Road
Diane and Terry Randall

Hammersong Farm

Hammer Song Farm Tom and Linda Bland 13775 Wade Rd. Mount Vernon

Hammer Song Farm
Tom and Linda Bland
13775 Wade Rd.
Mount Vernon

Round Hill Alpaca Farm

Round Hill Alpaca Farm- John and Peggy Curtis-508 North McKenzie St., Mount Vernon

Round Hill Alpaca Farm- John and Peggy Curtis                508 North McKenzie St., Mount Vernon

Sponsors of the 2014 Knox County Barn Tour

Without these sponsors there would not be a Barn Tour. The Barn Tour says thank you to the following businesses:


First-Knox National Bank is sponsoring the Round Hill Alpaca Farm.

“We invest in you because you invest in us. We continue to donate to activities and invest in our communities because so many local individuals, businesses, and organizations choose to be part of the First-Knox family. Please consider First-Knox in the future for any deposit, borrowing, retirement, or investment needs. If you would like to talk with one of our trusted advisors, please call 740/399-5500 or visit any First-Knox office. We value our relationship with you and look forward to helping you achieve your financial goals. Thank you for your efforts toward making the communities in which we serve a better place to live, work and raise a family. First-Knox is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Knox County Barn Tour.”


CES Credit Union is sponsoring the Randall  barn at 8981 Sparta Rd.

“CES Credit Union is excited to participate in the 2014 Barn Tour. Even before we opened over 60 years ago, rural life and agriculture was an integral part of our community. We’re happy to continue celebrating this community’s rich farming heritage and the important place it still holds in all our lives.”


G&G Feed and Supply  is sponsoring the Randall Barn at 8787 Sparta Rd.

“G & G Feed and Supply provides easy-in, easy-out pickup and ordering for your feed supply in Mount Vernon, OH. At G & G Feed and Supply, we make getting food for your animals a quick and hassle free process. Our livestock feed store stocks feed for all types of creatures, from farm animals to house pets. From cat and dog food to horse equipment and feed, our livestock supply store has a great selection for all your livestock needs. Our attached tack shop also gives you access to a wide range of horse equipment as well as work boots and western wear. For the fast answer to your feed supply in Mount Vernon, OH, drive on up to our animal supply shop. Call (740) 326-6375 or stop in to check out our western apparel.”


Conklin AgroVantage is co-sponsoring the Yarman Barn.

“Conklin Company Inc. is celebrating over 40 years as a manufacturing and distribution company. At the core of the Conklin opportunity lies our quality American made products- more than 130 across six major product divisions: Agronomics, Animal Product, Building Products, Health, Home and Vehicle Products. Our products are marketed through a vast network of Independent Business Owners. Art Walkden is an Independent Business Owner in Central Ohio with a special interest in the Roofing and Agricultural Divisions of the Conklin Company.”


Ohio Rental is co-sponsoring the Yarman Barn.

“Ohio Rental is proud to be a sponsor of the 2014 Knox County Barn Tour. The agricultural industry is  very important to Ohio Rental. We have been working together with local area farmers to help supply their equipment rental needs for more than 10 years. We chose to sponsor the event because we love Knox County and the tour provides an opportunity to experience the rich history of Knox County in a unique and enjoyable way.”


Good Impressions is co-sponsoring the Hammersong Farm Barn.

“Good Impressions is a full service printing company offering color digital, offset and wide format printing.  From small to large quantities, you will receive personal attention and a quality end product.  Brochures, business cards, envelopes, forms, posters, signs, banners, labels, booklets, programs, invitations and custom imprinted advertising specialties are just some of the items we can provide.  Graphic design and mailing services are also available.  Located at 102 W. Ohio Ave. in Mount Vernon.”  Phone 740-392-4327.


 Pat Catan’s is co-sponsoring the Hammersong Farm Barn.

Pat Catan’s is pleased to help enhance the arts at the Knox County Barn Tour and in the Knox County community. The ‘Arts’ are the gateway to our community.  Whether it be visual art, music, theater, or dance, they teach us about ourselves.  They help our young understand the world they live in, broadening their perspective and showing them that with creativity anything is possible. For adults they stimulate  thinking, invoking emotion and reminding them of the good, the struggles, and the beauty of life. As Plato declared: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

                           search-1Forster Seeds of Quality is the sponsor of the performance after the tour of Wayne King and the Hoedowners at the Round Hill Alpaca Farm. This family owned and operated gardening center has been a friendly place to get all your gardening needs for decades.

A special thanks to Knox Community Hospital for their generous sponsorship of the sanitation for the tour.

Other supporters of this year’s event are:

The Lady Barn Consultant-Pam Gray

Friends of Ohio Barns

The Agricultural Museum

The Knox County Art League

Southside Diner

Lanning’s Foods

D&D Portable Toilets

Dave Dumbaugh Insurance




  1. we would have enjoyed this sounds like a lot of fun

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