"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
This year marks the beginning of the Centennial celebration of O. C.
Barbers Mansion To celebrate this event we are issuing a new hard
bound Barber Mansion cookbook containing great Barber family recipes,
photos of the interior of the sumptuous Mansion and stories about holiday
traditions in the Mansion and on the Anna Dean Farm.
The O. C. Barber Wishing Well
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE WISHING WELL PROJECT.
Simonds was the founder of the middle western movement of landscape design and was the only Midwesterner among the 11 charter members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. It was Simonds design of the Barber Mansions landscaping that led to the creation of the stone Wishing Well, or the Old Oaken Bucket, as it was called in Barbers day.
The Wishing Well sat on the gravel path directly due north of the Barber Mansion and was a well-visited beauty spot on the Anna Dean Farm. It was also Mr. Barber's favorite place to sit and reflect.
The Barber Mansion was demolished in 1965 and today all but two acres of the 40-acre Barber Park have been developed into home sites. One acre contains the O. C. Barber Wishing Well.
The Barberton Historical
Society was recently honored by a grant of $22,500 from the Barberton
Community Foundation to help us purchase and preserve the Barber Wishing
Well. To commemorate the Centennial of the Anna Dean Farm in 2009,
the historical society was able to purchase the O. C. Barber Wishing Well
property to preserve not only the well but also the many large trees planted
by the Wishing Well which were planted by Mr. Barber. Even the daffodils
planted by O. C. Barber in 1910 still bloom near the wishing well. To
accomplish this project we have raised a matching amount of $22,500.
AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT !!
The Barberton Historical Society has three Barberton History books and one DVD currently available:
Construction of O. C. Barbers Anna Dean Farm,
Ghosts Along the Tuscarawas and Anna Dean Farm
A Centennial Remembrance are $21.95 post paid. Americas
Match King Ohio Columbus Barber is $24.95 post paid. Vist
our giftshop page to order.
Have you ever looked at the Social networking site Facebook? Everyday we try to post something new on this site in the way of photos, and Barberton historical information. You can visit us by joining Facebook or just by pasting into your browser : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Barberton-Historical-Society/270728740436?ref=ts
Annadeanfarm.com is the website of the Barberton Historical Society and we will attempt to show you Ohio C. Barber's Anna Dean Farm. The view of this website is to show the Anna Dean Farm as it would look in 1915. Unfortunately today, only 8 of the original 35 Anna Dean Farm buildings survive. The Barberton Historical Society owns five of the remaining eight Anna Dean Farm buildings, which we are currently restoring. Please visit all of the buildings on the Anna Dean Farm, but why not start with the Mansion of O. C. Barber, which upon its completion in 1910, was considered to be the finest mansion between New York and Chicago. The first thing you will encounter on the site are the floor plans of the Mansion. To take a virtual tour of the Mansion you will only need to click on the individual room.
The Barberton Historical Society is a non profit 501(c) 3 organization, so all of your donations are tax deductible. If you would like to help us our please visit our gift shop, or click on our DONATIONS button below which contains information on how you can make a tax deductible donation to help preserve the remaining Anna Dean Farm buildings.
In the meantime to contact us to ask us any questions, you can reach
us via e-mail at Barbertonhistsoc@aol.com
or call us directly at 330-830-1444. We have over 3000 individual photos
of the Anna Dean Farm and Barberton Ohio. However we are always looking
for more. Please keep us in mind for any old photos of Barberton.
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