On October 10, 2014, the 3.6 acre parcel of land containing the Star Barn was sold to DAS Companies. After a challenging and multi-faceted negotiation, the Star Barn, known as “the most recognizable barn in the country”, has a NEW HOME!!
Now located in Lower Swatara Township in Dauphin County, the barn complex will be carefully dismantled, moved and re-assembled at a pre-determined area in a nearby township. We are working closely with that township to gain zoning and building approvals to reconstruct the Star Barn. The overall plan for relocation was the subject of negotiations with the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) and they have sanctioned and approved the concept.
DAS Companies Inc., through its subsidiary, the Ironstone Ranch has been working closely with their counsel, banks, and the PHMC to ensure an advantageous and smooth transition for the structures. Over time, the Star Barn, and its complex of buildings, will be restored to their authentic late 19th century appearance and will be available for viewing and educational purposes once fully restored.
“We are honored to be the stewards of The Star Barn complex, making it a strategic destination for many generations to come. We yet, have many processes to go before the project reaches its fruition. As God has opened the necessary doors and overcome many hurdles, we are eager to stay the course” says Founder and Steward of DAS Companies, Inc., David Abel.
Added Serena Bellew, Director of the Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation “We are very excited at the prospect of the Star Barn being saved and look forward to working closely with DAS and Ironstone Ranch to see the authentic restoration of the complex.”
Here are photos of the first structure that is going up at the new Star Barn site – a beautiful gazebo. The gazebo is being built on a large reflection pond and will face the forebay side of where The Star Barn will be re-raised. The pond is in the process of filling up with water and the gazebo will be available for weddings in 2017.
B&D Builders is pre-constructing the timber frames for the hog barn and chicken coop to determine what needs to be replaced or repaired. So far, it appears that most of the beams are in good condition, even after 139 years.
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