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The Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House is an historic residence in Newport Township, eastern Washington County, Ohio.  Located between State Route 7 and the Ohio River, this brick structure overlooks the Ohio River bank from its site of construction circa 1828-1832.  With classic Federal style proportions and layout, and particularly well executed and preserved interior details, the Barker House is recognized as an outstanding representative of this early architectural type and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Men and women of the Barker family were significant participants in the founding and development of the Northwest Territory and the state of Ohio, and were leaders among the citizens of the Washington County region.  Aside from political and governmental roles, members of the family were strong proponents of abolition and women's suffrage.


The land on which the Barker House stands was deeded to the family by President John Quincy Adams on behalf of the government of the United States.  Adams later visited Marietta and the Barkers, and took a steamboat from here up the Ohio River to Pittsburgh with Joseph Barker Jr., traveling past the Barker House on his way upriver.


The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has proposed to demolish the Barker House, having determined they have no use for it or desire to expend funds to maintain it.  A group of local organizations, officials and individuals have banded together under direction of the Washington County Historical Society to save the house from demolition, which is likely to require it be moved to a new location.   A new location very close to the original house placement has been pledged and we are now soliciting donations toward the costs of moving the house.  Any donations made at this web site will be dedicated strictly to these efforts to preserve the Barker House.

Here is the suggested language you can use to create your own letters in support of preserving the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House. Just copy and paste the text to form a letter of your own. Also listed below is who to contact.

(month) (day), 2018


To:          XXXXXXXXX

                (name & address)



I am writing to express my concern regarding the proposed demolition of the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Newport Township, Washington County, Ohio. The Barker House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is by multiple accounts, including the Corps’ own evaluations, an architectural and historical treasure within regional and national contexts.  Just as importantly, it is a local symbol of heritage to the residents of eastern Washington County. 

Several meetings to organize and express support for the preservation of the Barker House have now occurred, and numerous organizations have declared their support for preserving the Barker House, including the Washington County Commissioners, Newport Township Trustees, State Representative Andy Thompson (District 95), U. S. Congressman Bill Johnson (6th District), the Washington County Historical Society, Preservation Ohio, Frontier Local Economic Development Association, the Marietta-Washington County Convention Visitors Bureau, and the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority.  Many individuals like myself also support this preservation effort. 

In light of the significant local and regional interest now apparent for preserving the Barker House, and considering the record of inadequate maintenance and preservation by the Corps of Engineers, I ask that you take whatever actions you can to slow the march toward demolition and provide the local preservation forces with more time to organize an alternative solution.  It is my hope that the Corps of Engineers will work with the local and regional forces now gathered to find a solution that will preserve the Joseph Barker Jr. House for the current and future edification of out regions’ citizens.

Sincerely yours,




[phone #]


Colonel Philip M. Secrist III

Commander, Huntington District

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

502 Eighth Street

Huntington, WV 25701-2070

c/o Public Affairs Office


Diana Welling, Head

Department of Resource Protection and Review

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211-2474


Lisa Adkins

Architecture Reviews Manager

Department of Resource Protection and Review

Ohio Historic Preservation Office

800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211-2474


Ashley Taylor, Archeologist

Huntington District

Planning Branch

Eighth Street

Huntington, WV  25701


US Congressman Bill Johnson

1710 Longworth House Office Building

Washington DC  20515


246 Front Street

Marietta, OH 45750

(740) 376-0868

Representative Andy Thompson

Ohio House of Representatives

District 95

77 S. High Street

11th Floor

Columbus, OH  43215

(614) 644-8728 

Senator Sherrod Brown

713 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC  20510

Frank Hoagland

Ohio Senate

District 30

1 Capitol Square, 1st Floor

Columbus, OH  43215

(614) 466-6508

Senator Robert Portman

448 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington DC  20510

To learn more about preserving the Judge Joseph Barker Jr. House


Bill Reynolds, President

Washington County Historical Society

346 Muskingum Drive

Marietta, OH  45750


Jack Haessly, President & Chief Executive Officer

Haessly Hardwood Lumber Company, Newport, OH

25 Sheets Run Road

Marietta, OH  45750


(740) 373-1788

346 Muskingum Dr, Marietta, OH 45750, USA