“New” Tin Shop

September of 2018 I had the opportunity to save as much as I could of a barn over on Brecksville Rd. The barn was once the centerpiece of one of the many old-time farms along that road. It had been moved there many years ago from another earlier farm. Now it was time to move it a third time.

That barn has always interested me. I remember long ago when it served the farm, then more recently (getting near 40 yrs. ago) when it was rented out as a used furniture store, tools, and knick-knack store. I liked that store. I used to get many useful items there. But the barn was in decline, and the owners weren’t much concerned at fixing it. When the store closed the barn sat unused, except for a local gent who parked his trailers and a 1933 Whippet car there. The fire department eventually burned down the old farmhouse, and the barn followed these several years later.

It has been very sad for me to watch as our once thriving and vital farming community disappears. Driving down pert near any road in the area I can still picture barns, homes, and farms no longer there. But I suppose the current mayor of our community likes big flashy glass and steel buildings. She has certainly seen to a fair amount of destruction of what they like to call “The Historic District”. They fly nice flags proclaiming such on the telephone poles in town, then they tear down another house or building in a succession of now lost historic treasures.

But, at least a bit sometimes gets saved. I pulled out as many 8×8 beams, roof rafters & boards, siding, floorboards & joists, and windows as were still usable. And those nearly ancient parts have been reassembled at the museum as the “new” tin shop, a portico to the collar shop, and as a dividing wall in the “new” woodworking shop.  I just wish the benefits to the museum didn’t come at the cost of our town heritage.

The Tin Shop is a nice stop on the tour of the museum. It is filled with the tools of the trade from 150+ years ago. And there are lots of pieces of tinware just as great-grandma used. It is a very interesting look into what was utilized as containers before plastics came along. Of particular interest is the long table that sits under the windows. That table was once used at Taylor Elevator in Cleveland. 120+ years ago, that company built the elevator, for Queen Victoria, that is still in service in Buckingham Palace today.

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