Our Historic Barns
At Traders Point Creamery we strive to be a farm and food community that works in harmony with the land and that honors the generations of the past and future. When the question of how to construct the barns for the cows and the creamery arose, owners Jane and Fritz Kunz knew there was only one place to turn: salvaged historic barns from their native Indiana. Amidst the rolling hills of our 150-acre farm rest four antique barns, each of them with stories as unique as the wood grains in their hand-hewn timbers. Though their current use may be quite different from its original purpose during the 19th original appearance, having been carefully transported and meticulously reconstructed under the guidance of Amos Schwartz, a master craftsman from Berne, IN, who specialized in antique barn reconstruction.
Why use antique barns?
Many ask why we go to such great lengths of effort and expense to populate a farm with antique barns. Repurposing barns is an important piece of our overall vision for preserving the land and honoring its heritage. It is the same reason why we use organic farming methods, feed our cows solely on grass, and package all our dairy products in glass. We choose what is timeless over what is merely temporary, and we enjoy allowing our guests to access the great work of humankind united with the work of nature.
The first barn to be brought to the property was a former stallion barn with beautiful sixty foot cherry timbers; it is now used as our equipment barn, with a long rocking-chair porch that overlooks the farm pond.
The Milking Parlor
The Kunz’s also secured two “sister” barns from a property in Geneva, Indiana, that date to the 1870s. One, originally a pig sty, was reworked into our tandem-style milking parlor. Here our farmers milk our cows twice a day. You are welcome to view the structure, and our cows, during the evening milking.
The Red Barn
Our third barn, known simply as the big Red Barn, is a German heritage-style bank barn, with two levels that allowed for animals to be kept below and for hay to be threshed and stored above. Today it has been repurposed into an exclusive event venue used for weddings, private parties, and other special events. In a modern twist on its historic dual purpose, the lower level houses the milking herd during the winter and the upper level offers a rustic space for unique gatherings under vaulted wooden ceilings. In addition, our annual Oktoberfest and Christmas on the Farm festivals allow thousands of community members to enjoy the Red Barn as well as the rest of the farm.
The Loft Restaurant, Creamery, and Farm Store
The busiest of our four antique barns houses The Loft Restaurant, our cheese production, and our Farm Store that sells our award-winning organic, 100% grassfed milks and yogurts. It is an 1860s structure from Bluffton, Indiana, near the Wabash River. The hand-hewn beams recall the days before sawmills, when even the wooden pegs were carved by hand. When the dismantled barn came to Traders Point Creamery, the Kunz’s relied on Jim Kienle, a historic preservation architect, to fit its rotation and placement to the natural shape of the land; Kienle was integral to the design and reconstruction of all the barns on the property.
By organically melding the structure and the landscape, Kienle and the Kunz’s were able to mimic the harmonious relationship between the natural and human worlds that the farm seeks to sustain. This same vision for holistic integration inspired the creation of the Loft Restaurant, an on-site farm-to-table restaurant. The barn setting lends both elegance and authenticity to complement the seasonal organic food and artisan homemade ice cream treats from the Dairy Bar. Guests enjoy the soaring ceiling timbers and the view of the creamery’s cheese cave while dining in a space shared with all those Hoosiers who have used the barn for more than a century.