Support the Ora Anderson Trail

Trail Background

In 1912, land on Dairy Lane was purchased for pasture and to build a dairy operation to support the Athens Asylum.  The dairy barn was completed in 1914, and provided dairy products to the patients, workers, and staff at the Athens Asylum.  In the 1970s, the dairy operations ceased at the Dairy Barn.  Upon hearing that the Dairy Barn was going to be torn down, a group of citizens lead by Harriet and her husband, Ora Anderson, members of the Hocking Valley Arts Council, along with members of the community, saved the Dairy Barn for an Arts Center.  In 1978, The State of Ohio and the County Board of Mental Health donated the dairy barn to the Hocking Valley Arts Council to be the home of the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Years later, the Dairy Barn recieved the deed to the property , the dairy barn and the 32 acres was deeded to the Dairy Barn Arts Center by the State of Ohio.  Over the last 40 years, the 32 acres of pasture have since grew into a wooded area.  There is a beautiful ridge at the back of the acreage and a beautiful hillside. On October 19, 2018, the wooded area will open the Ora Anderson Nature Trail at the Dairy Barn Arts Center for the community to engage in healthy experiences in the outdoors.

Honoring Ora Anderson

Ora E. Anderson (1911-2006) was one of the founders of the Dairy Barn Arts Center and played many roles throughout his life including artist, author, journalist, nature conservationist, devoted father, and community leader.  He was known for his wood carving, creating more than 1,000 bird carvings. He and his wife, Harriet Jacoby Anderson, spearheaded the movement to save the Dairy Barn from demolition in 1977. They are directly responsible for laying the ground work for what the Barn has become today.

In 2014, the Dairy Barn Arts Center developed a plan to do an expansion of the Dairy Barn, rebrick the parking lot, and to create the Ora Anderson Trail.  Due to his dedication to saving the Dairy Barn, his love of birds, land and animal conservation, the Board of the Dairy Barn Arts Center decided to honor him by developing a nature trail in his name on the 32 acres of woods behind the Barn.


We want to give you an opportunity to support the trail to make it sustainable for generations to come.

A Gift in these amounts can help us make the trail more sustainable, develop and support programming, create opportunities for art, wellness and nature on the trail for years to come.  With your support, we can do the following things for:

$25      Buy a new tool for the volunteers

$50      Buy lunch for a group of hard working volunteers

$100    Repair a grade with materials and equipment

$500    Build a Bench for the trail (indicate if this is a sponsorship, celebration or memorial for someone or group)

$1000 Build a Bird Blind Naming Opportunity

$5000  Naming rights to the Amphitheater-this will pay to stabilize and make permanent the amphitheater.

Unless a specific request is made, all funds given will go to general support for the Ora Anderson Trail.



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