A local organization will once again celebrate the architectural and agricultural history of the Saucon Valley with a tour highlighting its unique barns this month.
Tickets are currently on sale for the Saucon Valley Conservancy's sixth annual Barn Tour of Saucon Valley Barns, which will begin at the Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Road, Hellertown, on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The tour will be held rain or shine from 11:30am to 4pm, and will begin at 9:30am with registration and a book-signing at the club pavilion. Barn experts and historians Robert Ensminger and Gregory Huber will also present an overview of the buildings on this year's tour.
This year "a great diversity of barns will be experienced and will expand upon the excitement that was created during the past tours that included homestead barns of many types, shapes and sizes," conservancy president Priscilla deLeon said in an email about the event.
Among the barns on the self-guided tour will be two large and unusual early 20th century barns at Saucon Valley Country Club and the remains of the Heller Barn, which are adjacent to the in Lower Saucon Township.
A host will be present at each stop on the tour to show visitors around.
Proceeds from the tour will benefit the preservation and restoration of the Heller Barn, which features an iconic stone arch that has been stabilized.
A photo preview of barns featured on the 2012 tour is available for viewing online, and advance tickets are available for purchase via an order form that can be downloaded from the Saucon Valley Conservancy's website (NOTE: the form is also attached to this article).
Advance ticket orders are payable by check and must be received by Monday, Sept. 10.
Advance tickets are $20 each or two for $35. Tickets will be $25 on the day of the tour. Children 12 and younger are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times during the tour. And carpooling is encouraged.