MoBARN Spring Meeting Saturday June 14

 Mo BARN Spring 2014 Meeting at the Pelster House-Barn

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Please JOIN the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office and Mo BARN at the Pelster House-Barn on June 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. for the Mo BARN spring meeting!  In addition to networking with other barn enthusiasts, this meeting will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about barns.  Presenters include:

  • Cindy Browne, President of the Gasconade County Historical Society and Site Administrator at Deutschheim State Historic Site in Hermann.  Cindy will share the history of the Pelster House-Barn.
  • Tim Kilby, Mo BARN board member and log barn specialist. “The Country Gentleman” will share barn maintenance and repair tips as well as discuss the work he has done in preserving the Pelster House-Barn.

This meeting is by reservation only.  To attend the meeting, please RSVP to Mo BARN President Bill Hart via email at: or by phone at: 314-691-1941 on or before June 11, 2014. (photo: Rebecca Rost)




Mark your calendars! The Spring 2013 meeting of the Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (Mo BARN) is scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday March 16, 2013

Our host for the spring meeting is the Simmons Stable, home of the Saddlebred International Hall of Fame. Located at 701 West Boulevard in Mexico, Missouri, the Simmons Stable was constructed in 1887 and is the oldest known building in the United States that was continuously devoted to boarding and training champion American Saddlebred horses. A history and tour of the Simmons Stable/International Saddlebred Hall of Fame will be presented after the business meeting. An important part of our meeting this spring will be the announcement of the winner of our Mo BARN logo contest. Prizes for first and second place will be awarded at the meeting. Lunch choices will be presented the day of the meeting. Hope to see you all on March 16. If you have questions, call Mo Barn president Bill Hart at 314.691.1941.

Simmons Stable 2009The Simmons Stable, December 2009 after First Phase of Restoration

To get to 701 West Boulevard, Simmons Stable/SIHF from Interstate 70: Go north on Business Highway 54 from the Kingdom City exit. At the first traffic light turn left on West Boulevard. After the second stop you’ll see the Stable on the right side. Enter through the gates there. Need further directions or assistance? Call 573-473-5930



ROLLA, Mo. — Mark Twain National Forest is looking for eight volunteers to test and stabilize Piney Ridge Heritage Farm April 22-26, 2013. The farm is 9 miles from Roby or 27 miles from Houston, Missouri.Volunteers must be at least 12 years old; under 18 years with a responsible adult and must commit to working all five days. Application deadline is Monday, February 25, 2013 at

Piney River Heritage Farm offers a rare glimpse of early farm life in Missouri’s Ozark Mountains. The farm was established in the mid-19th century and was in operation until shortly before 1980, when the property was acquired by USDA Forest Service.

Working with Missouri Barn Alliance and Rural Network (MoBARN), volunteers will work with Mark Twain National Forest staff to work toward stabilizing several of the farm’s remaining structures. Volunteers will also be building and repairing fences, clearing vegetation and debris, and chipping in with whatever is required for the historic structures.

“Additionally, the historic site warrants further archaeological study, so in tandem with preservation efforts, we’ll do systematic shovel testing of the property, and we’ll create an accurate, scaled, and up-to-date site map,” said Mark Twain National Forest Heritage Program Manager Kerri Hicks. “This is an important project and one that promises to be fun and rewarding. We hope to see you on the Mark Twain this spring!”

Previous construction, carpentry, historic structure stabilization, archaeological survey, mapping, and/or sketching experience helpful, but not required.

Tent and RV camping available at no charge on site or at nearby Paddy Creek Recreation Area campground; vault toilets and solar shower, no potable water, no hookups. One additional RV pad available at no charge at nearby Roby Complex site; full hook-ups, first come, first served.

Licking and Houston are full-service communities with motels, restaurants, and a range of other amenities. Volunteers are responsible for personal camping equipment/lodging, meals, water, and transportation.

For more information, contact Keri Hicks at or call 573-341-7442.

Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest’s mission is to continue to restore Missouri’s great outdoors and maintain a healthy, working forest.

For more information about the Mark Twain National Forest, go to or contact your local Mark Twain National Forest office.


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DSC04456Some volunteers from our clean-up day at Piney River Heritage Farm in November 2012