This past summer we built a “new” greenhouse on to the side of the Rev. Searle’s farm barn. It is modeled somewhat on the greenhouse at Zoar Village, which was established in 1817 by German Separatists. Both greenhouses have long, vertical, south facing walls of glass, with 4″x6″ wood posts between the sections of glass (we sawed the red oak posts and roof boards in the museum sawmill). They both also share solid wood roofs and plant benches along the front and rear walls.
For our building we used 40″x 6′ wood greenhouse glass frames with overlapping panes of glass. Since there are no mullion strips, the water runs right down the glass wall and there is no wood to rot. The panels I used were donated to the museum some 20 years ago by a group of friends who salvaged them from historic greenhouses that had been taken down in Kent, Ohio.
Also displayed in the greenhouse is our large collection of whirly-gigs and weather vanes. The wind pointers were collected from various farms in the area. The one we are most happy to have used to point the way from atop the “Babes Apple’s” barn at the corner of Hawkins & Broadview Rds. in Richfield Twp. (That barn and the business it housed are now long gone, but we did manage to save the signs, many apple and peach crates, the ammonia pump and several of the foundation stones.) We also use the greenhouse to display the large collection of handmade bird houses and squirrel & bird feeders that we sell.
We look forward to growing many herbs and heritage vegetable plants in the new museum greenhouse this year.