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Intensive Care Barn
The Intensive Care Barn was originally located north of Lancaster, Ohio.  We dismantled it one board at a time.  It took a long time and a lot of labor but it is up and running.  It is attached to our cabin, actually it dwarfs the cabin.  This buildings interior does what it was designed to do - save lives.  The "foal barn", as we call it, has an office and a milk/ medicine room as well as the stable area.  

The stable area has stainless steel walls to more readily facilitate daily cleaning and sanitization.  Salmonella and e.coli as well as a rash of other communicable diseases run rampant and our biggest job is to stop them in their tracks.  Transmission of diseases is easy when the foals have projectile diahrea.  Since they don't have a mother they try to suckle on every available surface.  One can easily grasp what we are up against, so daily "scrub downs" are in order.  The floor is rubber with a drainage system, we also cover the ground with thick fluffy shavings to add to the comfort of the foals.

There are three stalls to isolate sick foals from the rest of the "herd".  These stalls have insulated curtains and a radiant heat system; this allows us to keep the sickly foals warmer.  There is a large sunny play area for the foals to frolic and nap in, away from the weather.  I consider the ICB to be the crown jewel of the farm, well worth a tour.
Recovery Barn
Last Chance Corral's Recovery BarnThe Recovery Barn was, and still is, a part of our local history.  It was originally located 13 miles east of Athens on Rte. 50.  The barn was built in 1893 by Harlow Calvert after he escaped from a prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, Georgia.  The barn over the years came to sport rival tobacco companies' signs; one of only four barns to have such a feature, so I've been told.  It was on the Historical Register, but even that could not save her from progress.

The widening of Rte. 50 made her demise imminent, the LCC tried to intervene on the barns behalf with little results.  Two weeks from her scheduled date with the bull dozers, a call from ODOT, a reprieve from the Governor!!  The LCC was give two weeks to dismantle and move the grand old barn.  Another labor of love, and a hurried one to boot!

We were able to move the barn and its colossal beams in the nick of time.  There were literally dozers nipping at our heals.  Though we were unable to save her stone foundation; we were able to save the corner stone with the date and Harlow's initials chiseled into its surface.

The Barn now stands safely at the LCC.  We affectionately call her the Recovery Barn.  The barn boasts 15'X15' stalls; which are perfect for horses recovering from surgeries or injuries.  Recovering horses can sometimes spend a stretch of up to four weeks or more in one of these stalls.  Therefore we made sure that they were roomy with lots of windows for fresh air and sunshine.  The perfect environment for recovery!!

I am glad to have this space and proud that we were able to preserve this piece of history.  I'm sure Harlow rests easy knowing that his barn is still in operation.
Hope Dairy Barn
Victoria Goss has been saving horses for most of her life. From time to time she also saves a bit of Athens County history. By reaching an agreement with American ElectricHope Dairy Barn Power, the Last Chance Corral acquired an historic barn from the former Hope Dairy Farm on Route 682. The barn was dismantled and moved where the materials were used to build the Hope Barn.

Harry Hope said the barn was built by his grandfather, John P. Hope Sr., and was damaged by a fire in 1914 and rebuilt then by the town using the old postal livery for parts. The barn was used in the Hope dairy business until 1977, then for beef cattle until 1990. Hope said the barn has outlived its usefulness as a dairy barn, noting that dairy farmers now use smaller milking parlors and don't keep cattle overnight in individual stanchions like those in the old Hope barn. He said it's good the barn is going to Last Chance Corral. "I'm glad to see it go to something like that," he said. The LCC decided to keep the "Hope" name for obvious reasons - as that is what we are offering the animals.

Inside the BarnThere had been some talk of letting local firefighters use the building for training. "I figured it would be a crime to burn the barn to the ground," Goss said. "It's really a neat barn ... by and large it's a sound structure that's in beautiful condition." Noting the hand sawed lumber, she said, "You'd never see a barn built like this today -- they're all metal." Greg Pauley, district manager for AEP, said the company was pleased when Goss came forward with her proposal. The alternatives of bulldozing the barn or using it for firefighter practice weren't appealing to the company. "For Mr. Hope, it represents a lot of years of his life," Pauley said.

Preserving the integrity and protecting the resources and materials in a structure such as this one is important work. I hope more people consider rescuing older buildings rather than building new ones while these beauties waste away.

Text Credit: Steve Robb, Athens Messenger Staff Writer