54-40 or Fight
4611 Worley Road | Troy, Ohio
The family selected this pattern because they are proud of their country and are pleased to have red, white and blue on their barn! Also, because they live close to Tipp City, they liked the slogan – 54-40 or Fight – which has a historical connection to old Tippecanoe City (present day Tipp City). Their wood barn with a metal roof is a general purpose barn with one main drive for equipment and to access the hay loft. The barn originally had an oat granary and draft horse stalls with a Dutch door entry. There are two shutter style ventilation vents.
According to their 85 year old neighbor, the barn was built in the 1880s to house grain, horses and cattle. The farm was owned and operated by Rufus Knife until the 1960s, when it was purchased by Harry and Sarah Watson, who raised Hereford cattle and hay. The barn was used for the cattle and work horses, and to store the hay. It was remodeled in the 1970s by Harry Watson to make it more efficient. In 1994, the barn and property was purchased by Don, Mary and Elizabeth Watson and has been used to shelter ponies, horses and cattle over the years.
West of Tipp City. Take Rt. 571 due west from Tipp City. Turn north (right) on Worley Rd. Property is 0.9 miles north of Rt. 571. Barn is on right (east) side of road. It is partially obscured coming from this direction – best seen if approaching from the north.