The property is owned by James L. and Nancy S. Cripe. According to published plat maps, Roy Martin owned the property at least by 1907, originally along with William D. Martin. In 1897 it was owned by George Martin. In 1882 and 1874, it was owned by J.R. Rohrabaugh. In 1863 it was owned by Alexander Murphy.
These barns are on one of three farms that initiated the first commercial production of soybeans in the US just after WW I. The three farms, all in close proximity to each other, were owned by three brothers of the Fouts family. The Smithsonian Institute will be honoring the significance of this ‘first in agriculture’ next year.
The main barn at Heritage Farm was built in 1904 by a local barn builder named Otho Rodkey. The 40’ x 60’ barn is primarily constructed of 12 x 12 hand-hewn oak timbers that were recycled from an even older dismantled barn.