Case Barlow Farm Wagon
Few vehicles were of greater significance than the delivery farm wagon, in an era when small farms played an important role in America’s economy. Its design was both simple and utilitarian, making it sturdy enough for heavy loads over rural roads, and dependable for everyday use. Case-Barlow Farm was a dairy farm and their wagons carried milk to the dairy and to the cheese factory in Hudson. It would also have made trips to the store for household needs, food supplies and everything needed to run the farm.
Such a wagon was donated to Case-Barlow Farm by Jack & Jo Ann Grace, who have had it in their family since 1986, after purchasing it from a family in Peninsula, Ohio. Hudsonites of the past, enjoyed this wagon, then painted white, at many Memorial Day parades pulled by the Grace’s own team of Clydesdale horses. The wagon, circa 1880, is approx. 12’ long, 5’ wide and about 7’ tall from wheels to top of the seat.
Richard Grell of Hudson, dedicated to fine woodworking in the style of America’s 18th century craftsmen and master Windsor Chair maker, spent the greater part of a past winter sanding, hand wire brushing, power washing to raise the grain of the oak bed, making sure the original metal under carriage works perfectly and finally painting it. Richard has painted the wagon to appear as it would have looked when CBF was an active and prosperous farm. Wayne Troyer of Millersburg, Ohio added the final detailing and signage for the wagon. Wayne, well respected in the industry, has detailed all of the Budweiser wagons and the Wells Fargo Coaches.
This important part of the rural farm life, made its debut at the Hudson’s 2014 Memorial Day parade proudly pulled by a team of 2 Clydesdale horses in honor of the 200th anniversary of CBF.