Isn't this a beautiful barn? It's been around for quite a while, but has been kept up well.
It has an unusual history. This farm began operating in 1866 as the County Poor Farm. There used to be a huge house next to it where people lived, and they were able to work on the farm. As time passed, the people who lived here changed; they were no longer poor and indigent, but more often were mentally challenged in some way. It was used in this way for many years.
I remember coming here when I was in 6th grade. (Which would have been 1970) We came with a group from church to do a Christmas party. I remember being scared and intimidated by these people who acted differently that I was used to.
Things have really changed in the mental health field and more people are living home or in group homes. As a result this place has not been used for several years. The house had fallen into disrepair and was taken down. In 2008, the whole area had fallen into some disrepair. It was decided to turn this 228 acres of land into a county park. It took 2 years to renovate the buildings and clear and renovate the land. In 2010 the park was dedicated.
There are hiking and equestrian trails. There are picnic tables set up for eating. There are plans in the future to use the barn for educational things, and there is also river access that they plan to make available.
I think it's a great way to allow lots of people to enjoy that property.