Thursday’s Doors ~ The Barn at Stratford on the Whetstone


There are only a few similar barns

which are historical and lovely,

built in a series along water.

~Check out last week’s ~

I found someone

who is a local


She is someone who 

is close to my friend, Karen.

Her expertise is due to working

as a Garth’s auctioneer, specializing

in authentication, identifying true

and valuable antiques and pricing

for auctions held in, “Garth’s Barn.”

Recently, the business asked if

our local Historical Society 

would like to co-own

the famous barn.

Here is a summary of what

Susie discussed with and taught me:

“There are three barns, Garth’s

is the one for years used as a popular

place for auctions. They were built

~ in 1820 ~

The barns are considered to be 

~ Federal style ~

The Meeker family built barn

and the brick house affiliated 

with the barn, where they lived.”

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*The fancy house I promised to

feature is called the Janes’ House.

It will wait till next week since 

this post series is about the barns.*

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The barn symbols are “hex signs,”

and Susie the historian says,

“There is no such thing as 

Pennsylvania Dutch, except as a

‘collector’s term’ (expressed with

a distinctive tone of ‘disdain.’)

She prefers “folk art” or “hex” symbols.

Delaware, Ohio was settled by Germans.

The barns are considered “typical” 

for the area of the Whetstone 

milling community. The barns

also had a history of fires;

Garth’s was rebuilt in the 1840’s.

Stratford on the Whetstone

was actually a small town

or village built along the

river where a water mill may

have been used for making flour.

She got me excited about building

“remains” of cottages, church

and a one room schoolhouse!

This Thursday’s Doors are original 

barn doors, with windows where 

horses could look out at 

winding dirt pathway.

The close-up of barn doors

will follow this introduction.

(Post #2)

I will display Delaware’s logo

for their historical society.

(Post #3)

Also, my favorite part of the

antique barn: the elegant design

created with neutral stones

with diamond shaped

pattern in brick red.

(Post #4)

Here’s a blog which focuses 

on doors, along with other subjects

written by Norm Frampton, there

are “blue frogs,” which are 

links to international doors:

Thanks for checking out our

local barns from the 1800’s!


25 responses »

    • Fiona, so glad you loved this barn and the short history of our local barns. . . I enjoyed a tour of the interior where you may schedule (“book”) for a wedding but would love to see it all decked out. I can picture those tiny white Christmas lights wound around the beams. . . thanks, dear. xo

    • Pauline, I like that this piece of history added to the original roots of humanity recorded in the annals of Delaware, Ohio. Our town was “founded” by a peaceful tribe of Native Americans called the Mingo tribe. Of course their era preceded the milling community. Both liked the ready resource of a clear, flowing river. Thanks for your finding this interesting. xo

    • I always wondered about the story behind the barn, Michelle! I was glad the Delaware County Historical Society chose to help keep the funding going to preserve this 1800’s barn! They also came up with a way to create revenue: rent the interior space out for weddings, reunions and gatherings. I would love to see it with those tiny white Christmas lights wound around the posts and wooden beams. πŸ™‚ Thanks, my dear. xo

    • It was huge! I liked that it is as you described, “well-maintained,” Diana. I have been meaning to stop and capture on my cellphone, the barn and property.
      By becoming caretakers of this site, the Historical Society also have come up with a way to make revenue. They are offering it to hold wedding receptions, reunions and gatherings. πŸ™‚

  1. What a lovely selection for Thursday Doors, Robin. I love the upper doors into the loft area. The barn appears to be very well maintained and you have to love the colors. I’m off to see the other posts.

    • Dan, so helpful of you to mention the upper doors’ purpose for opening and storing grains. Thanks for adding the second level’s name (for city folks) is a loft or “hay mow.” I had to look this up since I wanted to say “mown.” πŸ™‚

    • I was so glad I mentioned, then showed my coworker and friend, Karen the barn photos, Jan. She went home and asked Susie about the details. Susie had me come over to see the inside of the barn, while she told me the history of this milling community and barns. It was lucky! πŸ™‚

    • Marissa, you’re right there are a lot of barns around central Ohio! πŸ™‚
      This is a different series of older barns then ones you see around the county. . . I really felt like this was a “big break” in the story.

  2. Lovely barn, Robin! Remember the scene in the movie “Sunset Song” where they got married in the barn? Wasn’t that a wonderful scene?

    I assume the disdainful Susie meant no such thing as Pennsylvania Dutch in terms of something with the barn. πŸ™‚ Obviously, there is such a thing as Pennsylvania Dutch (more accurately Pennsylvania German), and there is a folk art, such as fraktur associated with them.

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