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Learn About the Barn

Originally built in Navarre, Ohio, in 1840 by Hugh Davidson where it served as a working barn for almost its entire life.  Over the years it has changed ownership several times until the Summer of 2022 when my husband and I came across it abandoned and in serious need of some TLC.  Immediately upon entering the barn, we fell in LOVE with it!  Its massive all  white oak beams with sunlight filtering in through its original vents was simply stunning. All hand hewn timbers.  Beams as long as 50 feet long.  Some with the bark still on it.  We had never seen anything like it.  We knew right then and there that we wanted to give this barn a second chance at life and bring it back to its new home in Texas as it so rightly deserved.  


The Ohio Valley Barn Salvage team carefully disassembled and labeled every timber.  Where it was then transported by 18-wheelers to its new home and reassembled exactly how it was almost 200 years ago.  That is when the rest of our team set to work adding another additional 3000 square feet for a bridal suite, groom’s suite, caterer’s prep kitchen, and the incredible new grand entry to the barn.  As you enter The Grand Barn you will be greeted by antique doors from the 1850s salvaged from the southern part of France.  Porches were created with additional hand hewn beams from another Ohio barn built in the 1830s that had also been saved by the OVBS team.  Sandstones that were quarried during the 1820s when the Erie Canal was being built were used to build steps leading to the grand gabled porch overlooking the lake.  The transformation is nothing short of spectacular, and we cannot wait to have The Barn be the perfect stunning backdrop for your special event.  Call or email us to schedule your own private tour. 


The Barn’s humble caretakers,

Don and Lisa Rouse


The Barn in Navarre, Ohio June of 2022 


The night the OVBS team and our family celebrated the barn arriving to her new home in Rosharon, TX!  What a fun night that was! 


Meet 94 year old Bob Baker whose family owned the barn in Nararre, Ohio for almost 30 years.  His family was the last family to use the barn for a working farm.  He was born and raised there on the farm and had so many fond memories growing up with the barn.  Cannot wait for him to see the grand reveal this September.  

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