Barns, Bells and Bridges:
Butler County Bicentennial Barn

   

This hand hewed wood pegged Bicentennial Barn was constructed in the early to mid 1820's. The current owners are Scott and Tari Spurlock. The Spurlock farm is located at 3152 Oxford-Trenton Road on the corners of State Routes 73 and 177 just outside of beautiful Oxford, Ohio. A map of butler county is available for your convenience. Click here to purchase a Cat's Meow replica of the Butler County barn.

To also commemorate our states bicentennial the Verdin Bell Company of Cincinnati will be casting a bicentennial bell for each of the 88 counties in Ohio. Each Bicentennial bell will be handmade on-site in the centuries old European tradition, when bells were cast close by a structure to minimize the high cost and difficulty of transportation. The Butler County Bicentennial Bell will be cast at a bell festival held at one of the Lakota high schools located in Liberty Township July 4-5 2003. Visit the Ohio200 Bell Schedule website for dates and locations for each counties celebration.

Another site of interest is historic Oxford, Ohio. Oxford is located just three miles west of the bicentennial barn heading west on State Route 73. You'll find plenty of restaurants, shopping and museums to keep you entertained. Stop by the Oxford Visitors & Convention Bureau and pick up a copy of the, "Uptown Oxford Historic District Walking Guide". This self-guided walking tour covers a twelve block area and provides brief discriptions of the historic and architectural sites of downtown Oxford. The Oxford Visitors & Convention Bureau building is located in downtown Oxford, 30 West Park Place, right off of High Street.

Oxford is also the home to one of the top universities in the country. Miami University was founded in 1809 and is known for its highly rated education and historical campus.

Hueston Woods State Park,  located north of the Butler County Bicentennial Barn, is a reservour of fun activities the whole family will enjoy. Hueston Woods containing over 200 acres of old growth forest provides camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, swimming, paintball and an outdoor nature center for your enjoyment. If you feel like a relaxing lunch, then head to Hueston Woods Resort Conference Center  overlooking scenic Lake Acton. Hueston Woods State Park is located on State Route 177 north of State Route 732. Click here for a detailed map of Hueston Woods State Park.

While in the area visit The Black Covered Bridge also known as the Pugh's Mills Bridge. The Black Covered Bridge was constructed during the mid 1800's and is one of the few remaining covered bridges in southwestern Ohio still standing on its original site. It is located on State Route 732 just north of Oxford and south of Hueston Woods State Park. This land has been designated as a historical  monument for the preservation of The Black Covered Bridge. There will be a sign marking the entrance off State Route 732.

A second covered bridge lcoated in close proximity to the Butler County Bicentennial Barn is the Harshman Covered Bridge . The Harshman Covered Bridge was constructed in 1884 and is still in use today. You can find this state treasure located in Preble County 17 miles north of the Butler County Bicentennial Barn.The farm country you drive through to get to the Harshman Bridge is unbelievably beautiful. This is a great chance to get out and see Ohio. Click here for directions to the Harshman Covered Bridge.

A detailed map of Butler County is available. The suggested attractions and route to take are outlined in red. Enjoy Ohio.



   


Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau
300 West 6th St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2361
Visitor Information: 1-800-Cincy-usa
Phone: 1-513-621-2142
Fax: 1-513-621-5020