May 18, 2018 – Two years ago, Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau had the idea for a new way to bring tourists into the area while celebrating the rich history of Sandusky County. After the Ohio Turnpike Commission and Ohio History Connection painted a barn on the Ohio Turnpike with the portrait of Rutherford B. Hayes, the Visitors Bureau decided to build a barn trail. In 2016, they hired Barn Artist Scott Hagan to paint historic barns in both Fremont and Gibsonburg. The Fremont barn, located on Christy Rd., features the Battle of Fort Stephenson which took place in Fremont during the War of 1812. The barn in Gibsonburg is located on the corner of SR 600 and CR 32 and depicts 9-11, the World Trade Center towers and Gibsonburg’s Public Safety Service Memorial logo.
The latest barn can be found headed west on SR 20. It’s located just before Woodville at 770 E. Main St. and boasts an image of former Woodville Twp. resident Tom Henricks, who is a Colonel in the United States Air Force and a four-time shuttle astronaut. The barn celebrates the shuttle missions Henricks flew as well as the fact that he is a modern-day piece of history for Woodville.
The Sandusky County Historic Painted Barn Trail ties in with a statewide trail being established by Ohio History Connection. With the statewide trail, a barn in each of the 88 counties in Ohio will be painted with an historic theme specific to that county. Other barns in the statewide barn trail include the Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry barn in Ottawa County, an Annie Oakley barn in Darke County and the Zoar Village bicentennial barn in Tuscarawas County.
A dedication ceremony of the newest Sandusky County barn in Woodville will take place on Tuesday, May 22 at 4:00 p.m. at the barn location. This event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
The barn painting was made possible by a generous donation from Martin Marietta, the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau for designing the mural and securing the location, painter Scott Hagan aka “The Barn Artist” and barn owner Scott Nuhfer.
For additional information on the barn dedication and the Sandusky County Painted Historic Barn Trail, please visit www.sanduskycounty.org or visit the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau Facebook page.
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Sandusky County Historic Painted Barn Trail
Contact: Peggy Courtney – 419-332-4470