Trimble-Parker Historic District
Four barns and the big house are what remain of the original collection of farm buildings in the Trimble-Parker Historic District. Most prominent is the U-shaped barn built in 1901. It measures 120 feet on each east and west wings and 128 feet across the north which encloses a cement lot on three sides. The horse barn lies to the west and two cattle barns stand west and south of the five-bedroom Craftsman home built in 1914.
The U-barn was built by Civil War Colonel Henry Hoffman Trimble. The remaining buildings were built by John and Saliena Parker and John’s brother, Urban who bought the property from the Trimble estate in 1911. The National Park Service designated the first two builder/owners as namesakes for this Historic Farmstead District placed on the National Register in 2003. The Harold and Gladys Baughman family operated the farm from 1941 to 2006 when all but twelve acres were sold by the family partnership which then dissolved.
Missing from the collection of buildings are the machine shed, which stood in the low area midway between the U-barn, the horse barn and the scale house which stood at the back of the horse barn, slightly to the east. Sadly these were removed after the site was designated on the national register. Also gone is a two-bedroom home which housed the hired hand and his family. This was located on property not included in the original district.
This collection of buildings is a testimony to the dreams and tenacity of three families willing to take calculated risks on changeable weather, financing, good soil, purebred livestock, and diversified farming using soil conservation practices preserving the land.
The farm home is operated as Trimble-Parker Guest House/Bed & Breakfast. It is available by appointment for reservations or tours by contacting owners Glenn and Ann-Marie Baughman. Tours of the U-barn are available by appointment as well.
You are invited to schedule a visit and remember your own history as you hear about these families and what they built.