Barns are a common sight in Hendricks County, Indiana, but there is one barn in particular–the Cartlidge Barn–that holds a special place in the hearts of one local group. Faith Toole of the Hendricks County Antique Tractor & Machinery Association (HCATMA) recently spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Danville about a project designed to give a special Hendricks County landmark a new home and continued life.
Nearly 180 years ago, the Cartlidge Barn was constructed on the north side of a little dirt road for horse-drawn carriages that is now a four-lane highway known as Rockville Road in Avon. Owned by Florence and Harry Cartlidge, the barn was built from hand-hewn timbers and features some beams that are over 58 feet long.
When the YMCA and Hendricks Regional Health purchased the property to construct their new state-of-the-art facility, the Cartlidge Barn had to be removed. The HCATMA, which Toole described as being involved in “preserving anything old,” took an immediate interest in the preservation of this historical building.
The Cartlidge family donated the barn’s timbers and materials, and the Timeless Timber Frame Company of Frankfort, Indiana, carefully disassembled the structure, labeling each individual piece for reconstruction, and now has the materials in storage.
The HCATMA’s goal is to raise the $200,000 required for the Cartlidge Barn’s planned new home: the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville. This fundraising goal is designed to cover the cost of site preparation, reconstruction and repair of the barn, roofing, siding, and electrical work.
Toole outlined the vision of future plans for the Cartlidge Barn to the Kiwanis Club. Not only will its relocation “preserve and celebrate the Hoosier Pioneer way of life,” according to Toole, it will also serve as a storage and display facility for a number of the HCATMA’s antique tractors and machinery. The barn will become an educational tool and an attractive site for school field trips, and it will also be available for public and private events. Toole mentioned weddings in the Cartlidge Barn as a likely source of local interest.
To that end, the Hendricks County Community Foundation has provided a grant and established the Cartlidge Barn Fund to help with the attainment of the HCATMA’s fundraising goal. The Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and all gifts to the Foundation and to the Cartlidge Barn Fund are tax-deductible as allowable by law.
Those who are interested in contributing to this project are encouraged to visit the Cartlidge Barn Fund website at http://www.thecartlidgebarnfund.org or contact the Community Foundation at (317) 718-1200.