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Visit our Exhibit at the January, 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show

Agrarian Country, Pennsylvania’s future premier showcase for agriculture and owner of the 1872 historic Star Barn complex, is pleased to announce that it will be sharing an exhibit with award-winning model builder, Terry Spahr, at the January, 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show. In 2005, Terry completed a detailed 1:12-scale replica of the historic 1872 Star Barn. In November, 2008, Terry completed 1:12-scale replicas of The Star Barn’s outbuildings; namely, the corn crib, poultry barn, and hog barn. One example of the painstaking detail showcased in these replicas is the 15,000 individual roof shingles built on The Star Barn model. Terry first exhibited The Star Barn complex replicas in Dyersville, Iowa at the November, 2008, National Toy Show where he won second place in competition.

The exhibit will unveil a surprise for artists, photographers, and fans of The Star Barn. You will not want to miss seeing these spectacular Star Barn complex replicas – their first showing in Pennsylvania and a great photo opportunity. You will also have opportunity to learn about Agrarian Country and its plans for the historic Star Barn complex.

The Farm Show begins on Saturday, January 10 and will continue through Saturday, January 17, 2009. Our exhibit is located in the Farm Show Expo Hall (adjacent to the Food Court) in Booth 115. For more information about the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show, click here.

Terry Spahr, Star Barn Replica builder
Terry Spahr, standing next to the 1:12-scale of The Star Barn model he built.

Star Barn Replica
The Star Barn model at 1:12-scale.

Star Barn Complex Model
The Star Barn complex model (closed sides) – built by Terry Spahr at 1:12-scale.

Star Barn Chicken Coop Replica
The poultry barn replica at 1:12-scale (open side).

Star Barn Chicken Coop Replica
The poultry barn replica (foreground – closed sides) at 1:12-scale. The hog barn replica is in the background.

Star Barn Hog Barn Replica
The hog barn replica (open side) at 1:12-scale.

Star Barn Hog Barn Model
The hog barn replica (closed sides) at 1:12-scale.

Star Barn Corn Crib Replica
The corn crib replica (open side) at 1:12-scale.

Star Barn Corn Crib Replica
The corn crib replica (closed sides) at 1:12-scale. The hog barn replica is in the background.

Special Announcement!

The Star Barn has been specially decorated for Christmas. The large louvered stars on each end are outlined with white lights, and spot lights aimed through the cupola, louvered stars, and arched louvers make it seemingly glow from within. Wreaths adorn the large bank barn doors and forebay. A special thanks to our facilities manager, Graham Hermanns, for his coordination of and work on this project. We also wish to thank United Rentals for donating the use of a power lift to us for this and other Star Barn projects.

We hope you will take time to see The Star Barn at night. Views from Interstate Route 283 or Spring Garden Drive are great. The staff at The Star Barn at Agrarian Country wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Update – November, 2008 Star Barn Work Day

In spite of rain, nearly 30 volunteers came ready to work at The Star Barn complex on Saturday, November 15, 2008. Skilled volunteers braced the tilting hog barn cupola. This alleviated concerns that weather conditions such as high wind or snow would cause it to tilt more or fall off the roof. When rain lightened up, volunteers removed old vines and brush from around the exterior of the main barn. Volunteers also removed all of the remaining old hay. For added security of this historic treasure, this task was very important. All the remaining wood was sorted and organized into piles (we’re saving all the original pieces!). All remaining debris was removed, and floors were swept. A lot of sweat equity has gone into The Star Barn! Thanks to all of our regular and faithful volunteers! We also wish to give a special thanks to Pastor Mira Hewlett from the Allison United Methodist Church in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for coordinating a group of 21 teenager and adult volunteers from the United Methodist “Great Escape '08 - Mission Possible” team to help. Thanks to our volunteers, we were able to accomplish everything we hoped to on our last Star Barn work day of 2008.

In the weeks following the work day, our facilities manager, Graham Hermanns, replaced old wiring and added explosion proof lights to the interior lower level of the barn and forebay. This provides us with an added level of security and peace of mind as we continue to care for an historic treasure - The Star Barn.

Star Barn Work Day
A young volunteer from “Great Escape 2008 – Mission Possible.”

Star Barn Work Day
Young volunteers from “Great Escape 2008 – Mission Possible.””

Press Conference

Star Barn Workdays, Press ConferenceDr. Robert S. Barr, President of Agrarian Country, announced the future site of The Star Barn historic complex at a press conference held Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. The morning press conference was held in the upper level of The Star Barn. At 1:00 p.m., another press conference was held at the new site in Grantville, Pennsylvania. View the press release and program.

Historic Barn Moving To Lebanon County (Tuesday, July 1, 2008; WGAL8)

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