"Never doubt that
a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
Books & DVDs
available from the Barberton Historical Society
Over the years the Barberton Historical Society have printed and sold 13 different books on various aspects of Barberton history. See our giftshop to order any of the few remaining Books, DVDs and Barberton collectables we have currenly available.
Annual Anna Dean Farm Walking Tour is May 24, 2015 at the Pig Barn
The Barberton Historical Society conducts a annual walking tour of O. C. Barber’s Anna Dean Farm. You can tour the interiors of the Pig Barn, Brooder Barn, Feed Barn, Barn No 1, Colt Barn, Heating House, and visit the demolished Mansion grounds for the dedication of this area as a new park containing the O.C. Barber Wishing Well. The tour is free and open to the general public and everyone is encouraged to come and bring your families and young children.
The O. C. Barber Wishing Well
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WISHING WELL
On Easter Monday in 1909, the world famous industrialist and Barbertons
founder, Ohio C. Barber, began the construction of the Barber Mansion
with its surrounding 40-acre park. To landscape the expansive park
grounds, Mr. Barber hired the famous landscape architect O. C. Simonds
Simonds was the founder of
the middle western movement of landscape design and was the
only Midwesterner among the 11 charter members of the American Society
of Landscape Architects. It was Simonds design of the Barber Mansions
landscaping that led to the creation of the stone Wishing Well, or the
Old Oaken Bucket, as it was called in Barbers day.
The Wishing Well sat on the
gravel path directly due north of the Barber Mansion and was a well-visited
beauty spot on the Anna Dean Farm. It was also Mr. Barber's favorite place
to sit and reflect.
The Barber Mansion was demolished
in 1965 and today all but two acres of the 40-acre Barber Park have been
developed into home sites. One acre contains the O. C. Barber Wishing
The Barberton Historical
Society was recently honored by a grant of $22,500 from the Barberton
Community Foundation to help us purchase and preserve the Barber Wishing
Well. To commemorate the Centennial of the Anna Dean Farm in 2009,
the historical society was able to purchase the O. C. Barber Wishing Well
property to preserve not only the well but also the many large trees planted
by the Wishing Well which were planted by Mr. Barber. Even the daffodils
planted by O. C. Barber in 1910 still bloom near the wishing well. To
accomplish this project we have raised a matching amount of $22,500.
AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!
The Barberton Historical Society is on FaceBook
Have you ever looked at the Social networking site Facebook? Everyday
we try to post something new on this site in the way of photos, and Barberton
You can visit us by joining Facebook or just
by clicking the icon above.
"The Anna Dean Farm can give
you what you need, all that you desire, and more than you deserve."
-Ohio C. Barber 1915-
Annadeanfarm.com is the website of the Barberton Historical Society and
we will attempt to show you Ohio C. Barber's Anna Dean Farm. The view
of this website is to show the Anna Dean Farm as it would look in 1915.
Unfortunately today, only 8 of the original 35 Anna Dean Farm buildings
survive. The Barberton Historical Society owns five of the remaining eight
Anna Dean Farm buildings, which we are currently restoring. Please visit
all of the buildings on the Anna Dean Farm, but why not start with the
Mansion of O. C. Barber, which upon its completion in 1910, was considered
to be the finest mansion between New York and Chicago. The first thing
you will encounter on the site are the floor plans of the Mansion. To
take a virtual tour of the Mansion you will only need to click on the
The Barberton Historical Society is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization,
so all of your donations are tax deductible. If you would like to help
us our please visit our gift shop, or click on our DONATIONS button below
which contains information on how you can make a tax deductible donation
to help preserve the remaining Anna Dean Farm buildings.
In the meantime to contact us to ask us any questions, you can reach
us via e-mail at Barbertonhistsoc@aol.com
or call us directly at 330-830-1444. We have over 3000 individual photos
of the Anna Dean Farm and Barberton Ohio. However we are always looking
for more. Please keep us in mind for any old photos of Barberton.