New Star Barn site to host events next year

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Four months ago, crews started tearing down the historic Star Barn and started moving it 12 miles away.

“In the summer of 2017, we’re going to be able to have events here that will take place in a tent,” project director Mike Kleinhans said.

For more than a century, the Star Barn sat along Route 283 near Middletown. The new site for the barn is the same property that houses the Iron Stone Ranch in West Donegal Township, Lancaster County.

Every piece of the barn is now in a tent at the site.

“We put humidifier meters in here so we could tell how moist the air is,” Kleinhans explained.

While the original pieces of the barn are closely monitored, construction crews are busy. Kleinhans told ABC27 News that the goal is to rebuild the Star Barn and everything that surrounded it.

“Piece by piece it’s coming together,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Crews have the framework in for a chicken coop and a hog barn started, and Kleinhans said the plan is to have the actual Star Barn built by summer of 2018.

“You can actually see stuff popping up here,” he said. “It’s making a big difference.”

Kelinhans did say weather could have an impact on the timeline of the building process.

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