Ownership of one of Davis County’s countryside landmarks changed on Friday, Oct. 9, when Seth and Lindsey Mitchell assumed ownership of the U-Barn and adjoining Baughman family home at 23981 Otter Trail Road just off Highway 2 east of Bloomfield.
The barn and home are part of the Trimble-Parker Historic Farmstead District on the National Register of Historic Places.
The home, formerly owned by Glenn and Ann-Marie Baughman, was operated as a bed and breakfast for the past 13 years. The bed and breakfast closed in November, 2019.
The U-Barn was the host site of semi-annual barn tours for several years and later on barn weddings and visits by school children sponsored by Davis County Historical Society.
The landmark barn, visible from Highway 2, is frequently photographed by passing motorists and tourists who notice the unusual building from the road and drop by to take selfies with the barn.
Seth and Lindsey Mitchell, former Ottumwa area residents, are excited to own the home and barn because of their interest in historic locations and are both eager learners of the farm district’s historic background. The Mitchells and Ann-Marie and Glenn Baughman met at the U-Barn late Friday after the sale closing for an introduction to the barn’s history which began in 1901 when it was built as a livestock showplace for H.H. Trimble’s herd of registered Aberdeen Angus.
The home and adjoining farm buildings were all built by the Parker brothers, John and Urban. The five-bedroom Craftsman style home was built in 1914.
The Baughmans presented the Mitchells with written documentation of the property’s place in Davis County history at the conclusion of the barn tour on Friday.