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Watson Run Recording House is not just a recording studio it's a functioning farm where we bond music, nature and creativity. Tranquil Valley is a place where young homeless artists and creatives can come to reconnect to with the earth, learn from the soil that stains their hands and play around the bonfire to inspire and ignite their passions.
The property in Meadville Pennsylvania rests on 13 acres farm on top of a valley, it famously served as housing for the many local mill workers and as such is well known for its history and legacy in this part of Pennsylvania. It was established in 1830 as the family heirloom, although no longer in operation as a working farm the current generational owner and founder of Watson Run Recording House & Tranquil Valley David Richard Reese Van Riper Thompson is hoping to make that a possibility with your help.
We recently had to tear down our beloved barn after being deemed unsafe for use, which stood for well over 100 years. This was a crushing blow not only because our loving memories of the barn but also the loss of the beautiful natural acoustics from the original wood and the way it was constructed.
Papa Reese, a skilled and experienced carpenter has painstakingly designed a new barn and is determined to rebuild and resurrect the once fertile splendor of his families land as a working and living farm dedicated to sustainable living and rehabilitation for veterans and young homeless artists and creatives. We believe that by keeping busy, getting your hands dirty and helping those who come to the farm reconnect with the earth inspires natural creativity from within.
We need all the help we can get in these times and if you like what we do here and would like to contribute to our mission, to keep the love of music and farming alive we would be forever grateful. Above and Below you can see images of the original barn and Reese's new design meant to be both faithful to the original design and it's original acoustics!
Thank you for your time,
Watson Run Recording House