¨ Almost $60,000 has now been raised in 2017!
¨ Trillium Dell Timberworks was hired to complete drawings of the barn.
¨ Later additions to the barn were demolished.
¨ EIU student volunteers completed a clean up of junk and lumber at the barn.
¨ 6,000 bricks were purchased for the new barn floor and blacksmith forge.
¨ A fire-pot for the forge, a leg vice, and various tongs were purchased at auction.
¨ Two apple trees, descended from a tree planted by Johnny Appleseed, were planted.
¨ A successful 2017 program season, including the 4th grade school program, summer living history program, fall fundraiser, and the Fall Festival were completed.
- A new website was developed for the Five Mile House.
The most exciting news of 2017 is that the Charleston Charitable Foundation has challenged us to raise a total of $100,000 by May 2018, after which they will give us an additional $25,000! Your help is needed to ensure that this challenge grant is met so that the Five Mile House barn project will be $125,000 towards its final goal of $175,000!!
The Commodore Perry Davis Barn is located 3.4 miles east of the Five Mile House on the Westfield Road. It was built in 1880 by Commodore Perry Davis and is a large "Tennessee livestock barn." The center and loft of the barn are designed for storing grain and hay for feeding livestock in the side wings of the barn.
The barn will be dismantled and re-constructed in a smaller but similar configuration at the Five Mile House. Some of the original features of the barn such as the corn crib and grain bin will be represented and interpretive displays will tell the story of C.P. Davis and the original barn. Cost estimates are currently being developed and a fund raising effort will begin later this spring.