A working barn, this area is not off limits to visitors, but few seldom venture out this way. It is the most remote area of the farm and is used to store the vintage 1880 era tools and farm implements that one would work with in an earlier era.
Taking the path from the Visitors Center along one of the main fields (see slideshow) that is plowed and planted every year, you will reach this old barn, recently painted bright red. The barn itself is not open to visitors as is the the main barn where the animals are kept, but walking around it captures a long ago feeling as you walk past many items no longer seen on a working farm.
The barn has a stone foundation that is approximately ten feet high. It is made from the local limestone that has been found on the farm. You can see many slabs of limestone tossed aside that has surfaced from the fields on the farm. It is a treasure in itself to have such building materials at hand. The wood siding of the second floor is painted red and the roof is tin. It appears to be a new roof also.
On the north side of the barn is painted wood with framed windows. The window sills and frame and cross pieces are painted white. The barn doors open out to limestone patio where there are two plows, a wagon and various instruments of the era. Pieces of the old fence that used to surround the original house and store lean against the side.
Under the eves of the second floor there are hornet’s nests that are abandoned by the stinging insects. None were in site. The day was warm enough, there was no activity in the nests. There was, however a skeleton of a skull of an animal sitting on the window sill. The teeth still in place.
The south side of the barn has wide grassy ramps where horses can bring wagons into the top floor. You can almost hear the jingle of the harnesses as they travel upwards. The doors are kept closed. But inside are hay wagons, a buggy or two and perhaps some of the steam equipment that is used for various events during the year.
The east side had a hitching post that would be in constant use. The farm animals are used daily in working the farm. It is a wooden hitching post. It is not nailed together but has iron bars across the top piece and attached to the sides.
The west side of the barn faces a wooded area with enough room between the woods and the barn to drive a team and wagon through there. The wooded area, if you look deep has another brick building that is falling apart from disuse. The bricks probably made right from the clay on the farm as the original farm house is.
It’s magnificent to see up close. Without tour guides or hoards of visitors it is easy to walk around the barn and feel like you are in a time warp and have emerged in a simpler time.
Carriage Hill Farm is part of the Five River Metro Park System. It is located just about 3 miles from the intersection of 1-75 and I-70 at 7800 E. Shull Road, Huber Heights, OH 45424. This is a wonderful place to stop and wander even if you are just traveling through the area.
The Farm hours are:
10 -5 Monday through Saturday
It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
Source: Personal observation