Dairy Barn Arts Center

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Location: 8000 Dairy Lane, Athens

Contact: The Dairy Barn Arts Center

Phone: 740-592-4981

Respected regionally, nationally, and internationally, The Dairy Barn Arts Center is a must-see for any visitor to Athens County.
Exhibitions at The Dairy Barn are constantly changing, but two regular shows, Quilt National and Bead International, draw artists from around the world and are recognized international exhibitions. The Dairy Barn is magnificent inside and out. Built in 1914, The Dairy Barn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features a 6,500 square-foot gallery. Two of the structure’s distinctive architectural elements are its slate roof and three cupolas. It sits on 36 acres of scenic pastoral land.

For hours, fees and information on exhibits, please visit their Website.


Ora Anderson Trail

Trail Background

In 1912, land on Dairy Lane was purchased for pasture and to build a dairy operation to support the Athens Asylum.  The dairy barn was completed in 1914, and provided dairy products to the patients, workers, and staff at the Athens Asylum.  In the 1970s, the dairy operations ceased at the Dairy Barn.  Upon hearing that the Dairy Barn was going to be torn down, a group of citizens lead by Harriet and her husband, Ora Anderson, members of the Hocking Valley Arts Council, along with members of the community, saved the Dairy Barn for an Arts Center.  In 1978, The State of Ohio and the County Board of Mental Health donated the dairy barn to the Hocking Valley Arts Council to be the home of the Dairy Barn Arts Center.

Years later, the Dairy Barn received the deed to the property , the dairy barn and the 32 acres was deeded to the Dairy Barn Arts Center by the State of Ohio.  Over the last 40 years, the 32 acres of pasture have since turned into a wooded area.  There is a beautiful ridge at the back of the acreage and a beautiful hillside. On October 19th, 2018, the wooded area will open with the Ora Anderson Trail at the Dairy Barn Arts Center for the community to engage in healthy experiences in the outdoors.


  • Trail is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Trails are for human foot traffic only.
  • Stay on trails.
  • Keep noise down, so you can hear the birds.
  • Carry out what you carry in.


  • No pets leashed, carried, or otherwise.
  • No weapons, firearms, dangerous ordinance, fireworks, or air guns permitted.
  • No collection of any plant, animal, or other substance permitted.
  • No defacing, injuring, disturbing, or destroying any property permitted.

Groups of 10 or more are allowed with prior permission for special meetings and events.

Thank you and enjoy your visit!

Detailed information can be found HERE.