Save the Davidson Barn

...Once and Future Community Center

Davidson Barn will be at home on Lake Road

Published in the Woodford Chronicle, June 17, 2015, page 4.

When you drive around the lake on curvy Lake Road you pass a section that is lined with lilac bushes. They are so thick that when they're leafed out, you can't see through them to glimpse the lake. That area of the lake is called South Point, and it's much bigger than you would think. The area is currently used mostly by fishermen and the ever-present Canada geese.

At the June 6 meeting of the Eureka City Council's Enterprise Committee, the selection of South Point for the construction of the Davidson Barn Community Center was approved. With this approval the Barnstorming board can move ahead with site plans, architectural drawings, a business plan, and fund raising.

Two architects have presented ideas for use of the space. The two concepts are included below.

The Davidson barn was constructed in 1838 by Caleb Davidson whose farmstead was northwest of Eureka. Protected over the years by metal siding and roof, it has withstood the weather and time and is basically structurally sound. For the first 50 years of its life it served as a barn but also as a community gathering place whenever a large space was needed. Unnumbered church services, pot lucks, husking bees and parties have been held on its threshing floor. Thast floor will once again feel the tramp of happy feet when the barn is restored and put to use as a community gathering place.

It is expected that it will be a prime location for receptions, reunions, concerts, meetings and exhibits, to say nothing of being a prime location for watching the July 4 fireweorks.

The Barnstorming board has set a target opening date of 2018. There's much to be done to meet that goal. Anyone who would like to help with the project should contact Chairman Steve Colburn, 309-467-3144 (after July 13) or email

Plan 1.    Conceptual Site Plan. The two plans shown differ primarily in parking arrangements. The final plan will seek to best adapt to the existing terrain and to preserve existing trees. Prepared by architect Paul Young, Young Architects."

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