The eighth annual Madison County Barn Day on Saturday, September 9 begins with a tour (starting at 1:30pm) and continues at The Wolf Laurel Village Club. This new location will take you to a few unique barns in the Upper Laurel area and bring you back to this setting for a meal and music. One barn on the tour is the historic Willis barn which is now used as the community center for Wolf Laurel. Another is situated on the “farm” property of the beautiful geodesic dome vacation rental acreage of Vero Mountain.

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, with his friend Jerry Sutton, an award-winning guitarist. You will also have a chance to bid on some unique items in our small silent auction. All of this while you are enjoying the appetizers, BBQ meal, sides, and a sampling of wine, beer, and soft drinks followed by dessert. The evening will conclude at 7pm.

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. 

After the tour, guests will be entertained –as only you can be in Madison County — by local fiddler Roger Howell and his friend guitarist Jerry Sutton. You will have an opportunity to look over some great items available in a limited small silent auction. Items include a barn-wood framed print of the historic Willis barn, a pottery piece by Jim & Shirl Parmentier, a Metro Wines “Wine Tasting for 8,” a print of the Dolph Robinson barn by Lelia Canter (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 (Appalachian Barn Alliance members $40 per person). Only 36 people will be scheduled for the guided tour. Since space on the tour is limited, 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