Barlow House appoints new executive director
Barlow - With the passing of long-time Executive Director Della Johnson, a new Executive Director of the Barlow House Museum has been appointed by the US Bank and Foundation.
Sharon Wilson, Johnson’s sister, is replacing Della Johnson as Executive Director. Jim Atcon, Trust Officer at US Bank, made the announcement last week. According to Atcon, US bank has owned the Barlow House and has acted as its executor since being named as such in Vjvian (Viv) Barlow’s will wherein he left the house to the residents of Ballard County as a gift. Viv was the son of Clifton Jesse Barlow, who built the home.
“Sharon has been Della’s right hand helper for years,” said Atcon. “She was the face of that house for the last 15 years.” According to Wilson, Della had been involved with the Barlow House since 1989.
“We are still open; we are still running things,” said Atcon. “I’ve been in touch with the family to continue what Della had done,” he continued.
“We’re still doing everything like it was,” said Wilson. The same events that have taken place at the museum will continue. These events include: the annual Easter Egg hunt, Senior Citizen’s Day, the September 11th Candlelight Service, the Halloween Open House, and the Christmas Open House. The house will continue to be open on Prom Night for High School Seniors to have their pictures taken. The museum is also open for two days during the Quilt Show in which admission is free. Wilson said the Barlow House would continue to be available for rent on special occasions and can be available for visiting during off hours by special appointment.
The Barlow family makes an annual trip to the house where it acts as advisor regarding suggestions about and for the museum.
The Barlow House Museum is a turn-of the century 11-room Victorian house replete with original furnishings, built by Clifton Jesse Barlow. Clifton was the son of Thomas Jefferson Barlow, who was the first of his family to settle in Ballard County and upon whose namesake the town of Barlow was named.
Clifton Barlow’s son Viv spent 50 summers traveling the world assembling a collection of 20th century artifacts, memorabilia, and art. Viv taught piano for years at the Choate Boys Academy in Connecticut and continued giving piano lessons at the Barlow House. Clifton left the house to Viv, who was the eldest of the seven Barlow children.
Family portraits, personal items such as jewelry and accessories can be found throughout the house along with several China collectibles and various programs from turn-of-the century musical presentations.
The Barlow house is open Monday 1-4pm, Friday 1-4pm and 2nd & 4th Sundays 1-4pm. It is closed on major holidays. The museum is also closed during the months of January and February for cleaning unless someone would like to see the museum during this time, in which a quick call to the museum will allow for special arrangements. (270) 334-3691.