Entrepreneur David Snell and Mark Bowe, host of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders, are planning The Boneyard at Round Top, on property formerly known as Chelsea’s Meadow. Snell closed on the property earlier this month.
“We have big plans,” Snell said. “We aim to bring a new shopping experience to Round Top, initially with the fall show. We have a number of vendors who will set up in tents and permanent 40 x 240-foot structures – similar to what you see at Blue Hills. In the middle of the property will be a timber frame barn and a cabin stocked with Mark’s “boneyard.” Those structures will be for sale.”
Bowe founded his company Antique Cabins and Barns in 1995 in West Virginia. In 2016, he expanded into today’s Barnwood Living. He and his crew have reclaimed more than 500 pioneer-era structures.
“We are excited to come to Round Top,” Bowe said. “I’ve been to three state fairs and Disney, but nothing compares to what we saw in Round Top. We have many fans in Texas and think Round Top is an ideal place to showcase our timber structures and cabins.”
Snell met Bowe through his television show.
“I wanted to build a cabin on property my wife and I own near New Braunfels,” Snell said. “My wife and I were watching his show, and she suggested I email the team to see if they wanted to build one in Texas. To my surprise, Mark called the next day.”
Snell’s cabin and barn took about eight months to complete and were featured on Bowe’s show in 2017.
“The Texas German heritage is so prevalent,” Bowe said. “We probably have six jobs waiting for us in Texas. We love the architecture and vernacular.”
Bowe’s business specializes in the recovery and restoration of 19th Century hand-hewn log and timber frame structures.
Snell says visitors to the fall show will be greeted with a totally re-cast field with antiques and vintage finds. With plans for permanent restrooms.
“We want this to be a destination shopping stop,” Snell said. “We love that we are so near the great Arbors show and across 237 from Paul Michael’s Market Hill.”
Snell’s future plans include a wedding pavilion at the back of the property overlooking the pond.
“We have a lot of work to do, but we are excited about joining in the Round Top Antiques Show tradition,” Snell said.
The Boneyard at Round Top’s tentative open date is Sept. 20.
See the Fall 2018 Round Top Antiques Show Schedule here. Chelsea’s Meadow is moving to a new location near Hills Road and Highway 237, which has a Carmine address.
Photos courtesy of Mark Bowe/Barnwood Living.