The seventh annual Madison County Barn Day on Saturday, September 3 begins with a tour (starting at 1:30pm) and continues at The Lodge at Bear River  (189 Bear River Lodge Trail). This new location will take you to a few unique barns in the Hot Springs are and bring your back to this beautiful setting. One is the dairy barn on the Willows Farm which is part of the historic Dorland-Bell school. Another is an example of a late 1800s livestock barn being converted into residential use. The third property has two barns that are wonderful examples of the architecture of the first barns built solely for burley tobacco.

It’s a full event beginning with a guided tour of some of the local barns followed by food and background music by award-winning fiddler Roger Howell. You will also have a chance to bid on some unique items in our small silent auction.


Wear comfortable shoes for the tour when architect and history buff Taylor Barnhill will take his guests up to and then inside a few of the barns to point out many of the hidden clues that reveal the age and historical significance of the structure. Each stop on the tour will include time for a question-and-answer session. 

Back at The Lodge, guests will be entertained –as only you can be in Madison County — by local fiddler Roger Howell. You will have an opportunity to look over some great items available in a limited small silent auction. Items include a pottery piece by Jim & Shirl Parmentier, a Metro Wines “Wine Tasting for 8,” a framed photograph of the Dolph Robinson barn by Don McGowan (which includes a private tour by Taylor Barnhill of that barn), gift certificates for restaurants, and a special “insider’s” tour of Madison County by Taylor Barnhill– which covers natural history & music heritage among other topics.

Advance purchase of tickets is required and the price is $45 per person. Tickets will go on sale on August 1 for the general public. Appalachian Barn Alliance members will have an opportunity to purchase tickets beginning July 15 for a special price of $40 per person. (Member price is the same until sold out) Space on the tour is limited so make your reservations before they are sold out. If you just want to join us for the after-party, call for a special price for that part of the day. For information and reservations call  828 380-9146 or email