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Case-Barlow Farm’s Second Sunday Open Houses were such a great success during the last few years. The 2017 season began on Mother’s Day, May 14, with display two dozen vintage wedding dresses.  There is no charge but donations to help restore the 1814 farmstead are appreciated.

Kathy Sluzewski loaned the dress of  her mother, Bette Mikesell  who married Staff Sargent Donald Taflinger on July 12, 1942. The bride chose a  street-length dress of avocado green faille, made with fitted bodice, low shirred waistline and bracelet sleeves.

One of the most unique dress is that of Olive Silsbe Forshay, grandmother of Betsy MacLeod. Olive Silsbe married her neighbor David Forshay in Brooklyn, N.Y in December, 1908. The full length wedding dress has much beading and detail as was typical of the Victorian era.

Future Open House dates are June 11, July 9 and August 13. Save Sunday, September 10 for the fabulous annual Farm Fest with fun for all ages and interests.

Themes in 2016 included  the Ohio History Connection Ohio Open Doors Project.  Special guest Jim Pesce shared his exquisite miniature rooms and houses. Other months featured tours of  the gardens, orchards, and antique farm implements, quilts and other needlework.

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