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Local century old barn included in Indiana Barn Foundation tour September 28

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By MARGARET L. WILLIS

Barn experts and owners will be on hand for in-depth discussions about barns and their history when the Indiana Barn Foundation hosts their annual barn tour on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT), in Porter and LaPorte Counties.

Local barn enthusiast Roy Burcham’s restored barn near Chesterton, built over 100 years ago, is scheduled to be part of the tour.

Burcham has painstakingly refurbished the barn himself and earned the honor of his barn being named one of the “Top 10 Indiana Bicentennial Barns” in 2006. Burcham was honored at the Indiana State Fair that year in an awards ceremony where he was presented with a commemorative plaque.

Roy and his wife Ruth purchased the property at 487E 1200N over 40 years ago and set right to work on the house and outbuildings. Roy worked full-time at Midwest Steel and in his spare time rebuilt and renovated the house and barn. The couple raised four children, three boys and one girl. At age 87 Roy still does the work to maintain the property.

“This is an honor for him,” said his daughter Karen Bridegroom. “He’s worked so hard, he’s always worked hard. So does my mom. No one would believe he’s 87. He’s worked hard his entire life. Their example is a blessing, really.”

Tour historic barns, churches

For a chance to tour Burcham’s barn and three others in the region, join the annual barn tour offered by the Indiana Barn Foundation. Four icons of Northern Indiana’s agricultural heritage are scheduled to be on the tour. As an added bonus, two 10th century rural churches will be open for touring.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale soon. For more information, visit the Indiana Barn Foundation website, www.indianabarns.org.

Barn enthusiasts will enjoy following the Indiana Barn Foundation on Facebook.

 

 

Posted 9/10/2019

 
 
 
 

 

 

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