Bicentennial Barns a Hit

When Mary and Steven Carr's family agreed to have Ohio's bicentennial logo painted on their barn nearly five years ago, they never thought it would still be an attraction long after the celebration ended.

"Into the fall, we still had people stopping to take pictures," Mary Carr says. "The interest is still there; it's slowed down, but it's still there."

And the Marietta area isn't the only place where barns like the one located on Ohio Route 60 are still attracting sightseers. The city's tourist bureau gets calls not only about the local barn, but those located in other counties.

"We still get people asking where is the barn? How do you get to it?" says Kelly Dyar, who heads the Marietta/Washington County Visitors and Convention Bureau. "They comment that they've been seeking out barns in other counties."

To show how popular these barns are, when the one located between Logan and Lancaster was torn down to make way for a gas station, supporters had another barn painted nearby.

"And there's another initiative that's catching on around the state," Dyar notes. "Quilt patterns are researched, and they're chosen to put on barns as a quilt block."

As the paint on the barns fades, it's likely their popularity will diminish as well, but for now they're the Buckeye State's newest tourist stops.

"We've met a lot of very nice people who stopped to see the barns," Carr says, "and we've really enjoyed it."

For more information on the locations of Ohio's bicentennial barns, you can log on to www.ohio200.org. You can also find a link through the Marietta/Washington County Visitors and Convention Bureau website, mariettaohio.org.


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