Discovering rural southeastern Ohio barns

One of the things loved we loved about driving around rural southeastern Ohio was discovering old barns. Some were in good repair, others were falling down. Many of them called out to us to take their photo. We did. Here are some of the wonderful barns we found on our mostly back road drives.

The Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns

Mail Pouch Tobacco barn in rural Ohio photo Billie Frank

A Mail Pouch Tobacco barn we found on the west side of the Muskingum River Photo/Billie Frank

Have you ever seen a Mail Pouch Tobacco barn? Bloch Brothers Tobacco Company of Wheeling West Virginia made Mail Pouch Chewing Tobacco. In 1925, an advertising campaign began. Barns around the northeast and Midwest including Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia were painted with “CHEW MAIL POUCH TOBACCO – TREAT YOURSELF TO THE BEST.”

Mail Pouch Tabacco barn on Stete Route 60 south of Lowell, photo Steve Collins

Mail Pouch Tabacco barn on Stete Route 60 south of Lowell, photo Steve Collins

We saw a number of these barns while driving country roads in Ohio. One State Route 60 south of Lowell we came upon an exciting sight —  a Mail Pouch barn right next to Washington County’s Ohio Bi-centennial Barn. One barn in each the state’s 88 counties was painted in honor of the state’s 200th birthday. Ohio artist Scott Hagan who calls himself “one of the last American barn painters,” painted all 88 barns.

The Washington Counrty Ohio Bi-centennial barn photo Billie Frank

The Washington Counrty Ohio i-centennial barn Photo/ Billie Frank

Working barns

Some barns we saw are on working farms and are in good repair. We saw dairy cows, cattle and sheep in fenced barnyards. Some of the best working barns we encountered were in Ohio’s Amish Country northwest of Cambridge.

Working farm in Ohio Amish Country photo Billie Frank

Animal are in the barnyard at this farm we passed in Ohio Amish Country Photo/Billie Frank

Falling down barn

Some of the most compelling barns we saw are, sadly, collapsing. They have rich histories. Long-gone farmers used these structures to house livestock, to store hay, for milking and for other farm activities. If only these barns could talk – the stories they would tell.

Old barn in southeastern Ohio photo Billie Frank

One of the many old barns we saw in Washington County Photo/Billie Frank

We really enjoyed our rides on these verdant, hilly roads, some paved, some dirt, some with covered bridges, contemporary bridges or even fords. The barns were a bonus.

Ohio barn photo Billie Frank

Another of the old barns we passed on Ohio’s
back country roads Photo/Billie Frank

Have you seen any Ohio barns?

4 Responses to “Discovering rural southeastern Ohio barns”

  1. Patti
    May 5, 2019 at 11:39 am #

    We have something in common in that we also love to photograph barns, the older the better. They have such a story to tell, don’t they?

  2. carrie Mills
    August 6, 2019 at 1:48 am #

    I also love photographing barns especially mail pouch barns. How did you find these barns? I’m from WV.

    • Billie Frank
      August 7, 2019 at 11:40 pm #

      We drove on rural Ohio roads and ran into them. One is on State Road 60 between Marietta and Lowell. If you Google Mail Pouch barns in Ohio and WV you should be able to find locations. They just make me smile and get out the camera.

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