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