Join Heisen House for their 9th annual Barn Bash on Saturday, June 30 from noon-6 p.m. This event will celebrate the ongoing restoration work on the historic Heisen Barn and the continuing barn (fund)raising efforts to preserve and protect this historic building. This fun, family-centered, farm-style celebration will feature live music, food, games and craft activities for children, viewings of the historic barn, displays telling the story of the Heisen homestead, local products and goods for sale from area crafters, artists, and farmers, and more! Guests 21 and over can also sample and purchase the unique handcrafted wines and hard cider made on site by Heisen House Vineyards.
Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child between the ages of 5-18. Donations will go toward the continuing barn preservation effort. Rain or shine. All ages welcome.
The Heisen Barn is listed on the Washington State Historic Barn Register as well as the State and National historic registers.
Enjoy Live Music By:
12-2 p.m.: Hazel and Kathleen
2-4 p.m.: Dan Dingman
4-6 p.m.: Mollie and Me
Shop Local With:
Kilauea Hawaiian Shave Ice
Apple of My Eye Motherhood Jewwlry
Grand Mary's Crafts & Debbie's Crafts
Anchor & Wings
Sweet Momma Brown
Agatre & Moss
Stain Glass So Pretty
THE HEISEN BARN
Now part of a new chapter in the property's story at Heisen House Vineyards, opened by owner and winemaker Michele Bloomquist in 2010, the barn is listed on the state and national historic registers as well as the Washington State Historic Barn Registry. Likely built sometime between 1866 when Alexander and Mary Heisen homesteaded the site and 1890, the barn was built almost entirely by hand with little more than an axe and an ox. The hand-hewn chop marks are still clearly visible, and the barn was built in the traditional hand-hewn timber frame, mortise and tenon, peg and dowel German-style. It sits on a foundation of boulders (still plumb 150-some years later!) and is one of the oldest barns still standing in Clark County.
In 2012, with help from contractor Arrow Timber Framing and a matching grant from the WA State Heritage Barn Program, crews were able to jack up the entire structure, replace failing and rotten beams in the original style, re-side the building with rough cut siding, and take other steps to preserve and protect the building. Their work ensures this national landmark and part of American history will still be standing for 100 years to come. Next on the to-do list is to replace the metal roof put on over the original hand split cedar shake roof nearly 50 years ago.