Brown Bag Chat: Grow Old with Me: A Look at the Beauty of Barns

Date: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 12:00 pm

“Grow Old with Me…A Look at the Beauty of Barns” with Lady Barn Consultant Pamela Whitney Gray, will be featured at a Brown Bag Chat on Wednesday, November 9, noon, at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 Mulberry Street.

Gray spent most of her career in commercial art and the printing industry. In later years she enjoyed her position as an assistant librarian in a small town library in Colorado. After twenty years in the Rocky Mountains Pam returned to Mount Vernon to spend time with her parents in their golden years. Her father, Chuck Whitney, 1918-2009, was the original Barn Consultant.

"I had the pleasure of being my father’s chauffeur, ‘go-fer’ and main ‘right-hand-man’" she said. For five years, Pam and her father spent many days traveling Ohio and the surrounding states doing barn inspections and helping barn owners to understand and save their barns.

She enjoyed learning about the old ways from him. These were wonderful learning experiences and she soon realized she had the same passion as Chuck for barns and their history. She is continuing her dad’s work, helping to save old barns and to spread the story that they tell of our agricultural heritage.

Pam's book “Americanization of the Family Barn” was released in December of 2009.  Her goal is to educate the general public about the historical importance of America’s barnyard castles. Pam continues to travel the state telling about the history and value of family barns with her powerpoint program. She also continues to do barn consultations and work one-on-one with families to help them to understand and preserve their barns.

Pam has just completed her father's book, “Ohio Barns Inside and Out with the Barn Consultant.” It is now available for purchase through this website.

Pam was elected to the board of directors for Friends of Ohio Barns and the National Barn Alliance. She is also proud to be part of the Knox County Barn Tour presented every other year in Knox County.

The program is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a bag lunch or refreshments served. For information, call the main library at 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, visit or email [email protected]

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