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The Historic Round Barn

The Historic Round Barn (New for 2023), 2328 120th Street, Allerton (Wayne County) – Go south across the railroad tracks on Central Ave two blocks to Maple St, turn left on Maple St and travel East one mile to the Round Barn Site (GPS does not route correctly). 

At its inception, the International Center for Rural Culture and Art, Inc focused on the historic preservation of the 1912 round barn built by Ed Nelson for landowner George Fennell. The 50-foot diameter barn features a loft free of support columns due to unique spider web construction. Eight milking stanchions, animal holding stalls and granary complete the main floor of the barn. Restoration work included the repair or replacement of doors, windows, and siding, a new cedar shake roof, restoration of the cupola, and the installation of a staircase to make the mow accessible to the public. All restoration focused on authenticity—maintaining the barn’s historic value.  The Round Barn Site is a source of pride for Wayne County’s residents. It serves the community by hosting craft, quilt and art shows, inter-faith church services, weddings, family reunions, workshops, youth day camps, etc.   (Award of Distinction)

Special directions for Sat, Sept 16, 2023 – Allerton is having their annual celebration and part of Central Ave will be closed.  Go south across the railroad tracks on Central Ave one block and turn left on Elm St, go east on Elm St. two blocks and turn right on Niagara St, go one block south on Niagara St to Maple St, turn right on Maple St and go east one mile to site.

Photos by  Michael Callison –

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