Three years ago, Sandusky County (Ohio) Convention & Visitors Bureau had an 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 a portrait of Rutherford B. Hayes, the visitors bureau decided to build a barn trail.
The newest barn on the Sandusky County Convention & Visitors Bureau Historic Barn Trail is west of Fremont at 4246 W. State Route 20, and it features the Sandusky County bicentennial logo. In 2020, the county will turn 200 years old. This barn, which is the first one with logos on either end, was made possible by the sponsorship of Terra State Community College and the Terra College Foundation. Like the other barns in this trail, the latest barn was painted by Scott Hagan, aka “The Barn Artist”; the barn canvas was generously donated by Kyle and Troy Amor.
TERRA-SPONSORED: This bicentennial barn near Fremont, Ohio, has logos on either end. One is sponsored by Terra State Community College and is shown in the photo at the top of the page. The other, sponsored by Terra College Foundation, is shown here.
More historic barns
In 2016, two historic Ohio barns in Fremont and Gibsonburg were painted.
The Fremont barn, on Christy Road, features the Battle of Fort Stephenson. The battle took place in Fremont during the War of 1812. The Gibsonburg barn is on the corner of State Route 600 and County Road 32 and depicts 9/11, the World Trade Center towers and Gibsonburg’s Public Safety Service Memorial logo.
The next barn in the series was painted in May 2018 and is just east of Woodville on Main Street. It bears an image of former Woodville Township resident Tom Henricks, a NASA astronaut, and commemorates his four space shuttle missions.
The Sandusky County Historic Painted Barn Trail ties in with a statewide trail being established by Ohio History Connection. With the statewide trail, one barn in each of the 88 counties in Ohio will be painted with a historic theme specific to that county.
For more information on the barn dedication and the Sandusky County Painted Historic Barn Trail, visit sanduskycounty.org/barns or visit the SCCVB Facebook page.