The Barberton Historical and Cultural Society was founded in 1965 after the demolition of the O. C. Barber Mansion. That organization went dormant in the late 1960s and in 1974 the Barberton Historical Society was founded in 1974 to oppose the demolition of O.C. Barber's Barn No 1. From 1920 when Mr. Barber had died, until 1974, twenty-seven of the original Anna Dean Farm buildings had been demolished. In October of 1974 a Cleveland developer proposed demolishing Barn No 1, to provide space for a nursing home.
This early victory in historic preservation was the first of what would become many victories and a few failures, on a variety of projects. Today historic preservation is the law in Barberton Ohio, and the government is on our side. It was not that way initially, in 1974.
The Barberton Historical Society is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization organized and incorporated in 1974. We have been graciously blessed with the generous support of the Barberton Community Foundation, who has given us funding for different facets of restoration projects on all three of our buildings. Much has been accomplished but there is more to do. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please mail your check to: BARBERTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY, P.O. BOX 666, BARBERTON OHIO, 44203. We will return to you a receipt and note of thanks for your support. We also accept donations of tools and lawn mowers. If you have such material, even if it doesn't work please e-mail us below. We will be happy to pick it up from you. We have an excellent mechanic who volunteers his time to keep all of our lawn mowers and trimmers working.
We have fun on our projects and we encourage you to contact us at Barbertonhistsoc@aol.com
We are in the process of updating our membership application. Please email us at Barbertonhistsoc@aol.com and we will send you out one of our new applications.
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