Barns Debut Packs the House!

The Barns of Rose Hill opened its doors last night for the first of what undoubtedly will be many years to come of music, arts and entertainment for the Clarke County community.  On Friday night patrons were treated to the First Barns Blues Bash featuring Millwood Blues Week All Stars Danny Knicely, Scott Ainslie, Ralph Gordon, Danny Gotham, and Rob Soper.

Photo courtesy Michael Hobert

Chip Schutte’s annual Millwood Blues Festival, celebrating its 14th consecutive year and drawing some of the best Blues players from around the country, delivered an extraordinary gift of talent for the concert.

Clarke County sends out its sincere and heartfelt thanks to the First Barns Blues Bash pickers and grinners for helping our community make the Barns of Rose Hill grand opening a truly unforgettable event; Danny Gotham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Robbie Soper, of San Francisco, California, Danny Knicely, from somewhere over the mountain, Ralph Gordon, from Charles Town, West Virginia, and last but hardly least, Scott Ainslie, from Vermont, a true blues singer and picker from the “old school” who’s performance last night surely would have painted a smile on the face of the late Blues great Robert Johnson.

Special thanks to Berryville’s own Michael Hobert for capturing the event in photos.

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  1. Susi Bailey says:

    Thank you to all who attended this wonderful “Debut” event! Thank you to Clarke Daily News for your wonderful coverage of the Barns of Rose Hill. Michael – thank you for your great pictures.
    We’re looking forward to many more standing-room only events!

  2. just wondering says:

    whatever happened to all of the original wood that covered the barn to begin with? surely they didn’t burn it. i thought when they said they were restoring the barn, they would retain the intergrity of the skin of the building. the new building looks like it’s made of lego’s.

    CDN Editor: Perhaps a Barns of Rose Hill board member can add to this, however, much of the inside of the building is paneled with beautifully preserved barn boards.

    • just wondering says:

      i’d be amazed if any of the wood inside the barn is 100+ years old like the exceptional wood that made up the exterior. i’d venture that the wood went somewhere and someone made money on it. does anybody know?

    • Ann St. C. Lesman says:

      We intended to use the original siding on the outside, but were told it was too old to hold up for long. So the exterior siding was cleaned and used for interior paneling, thus preserving part of the history of the Barns. The result is beautiful and in keeping with the rustic feeling of the Barns. I hope people will go see the interior and admire the results when the building is open in September. Ann St. Clair Lesman, Chair of the Board, The Barns of Rose Hill.

  3. I think I heard the exterior boards were used on the inside of the large hall because it was determined they would not be suitable for refurbishment on the exterior. The inside boards look weathered and old. Help Susie…. what’s the deal Diana!!!

  4. just wondering says:

    if those boards were used on the interior, that is sensational. thank you. i look forward to seeing the facility in September.