DBuffalo Hollow is located on property that was purchased from the Dickson family farm in the early 1980’s as a 16+ acre piece of land. It then became part of the Beight family farm, which dates back to the early 1800’s. In additon to dairy farming and crops, Oscar Tobias "O.T." Beight had a passion for stonework. In 1897, he founded O.T. Beight & Son's, and began building headstone monuments for local cemeteries.
Eric Beight is the great-grandson of O.T., and current owner of O.T. Beight & Son's Monuments. The business has run from its original location for 114 years continuously. The 200-acre farm sits on a beautiful piece of land that has a spring fed creek running through 15 acres of woods which is well-suited for pasturing.
In 2000, Eric acquired a small herd of bison and let them roam wild in the 15-acre woods. They drink from the stream and have a plentiful area to graze. The small herd has grown to 25 buffalo and with the exception of dropping some round bales of hay in the field during the winter time, they live wild and free.
Since high school, Eric had a dream of creating a simple, outdoor entertainment venue with camping and live music. In the late 1990's, he mapped out a 25-acre area on his property and began to work on his dream. When the buffalo arrived, we began looking for a name for the venue and “Rick Deeter” gets credit for coming up with the name, "Buffalo Hollow".
With the exception of an occasional friend stopping by to lend a hand, Eric prepared the ground and built the structures entirely on his own. This is impressive when you consider the timber post and beam design of the main stage and surrounding shelters.
The first foundation was poured at Buffalo Hollow in 1997, but the construction effort actually began years before. Eric got his original inspiration from an episode of "This Old House" on PBS. The first thing he had to do was to locate century-old beams to begin his design. No simple task! He approached several owners of old barns in the area, asking if he could tear them down and haul away the wood.
How does one man disassemble a slate roof, wood siding, and then the framing, all while being required to be at his monument shop 50 hours a week and tend to a couple of hundred acres? It's all about work ethic. Evenings, weekends, whenever he could spare some time he would travel to a barn and do a little at a time. The task was slowed even more because of the need to maintain the integrity on the mortise and tendon joints throughout the barns. Wooden pins had to be carefully pounded out and saved for the reassembly.
Over a period of almost three years Eric tore down enough barns to begin work on his first structure. He had to sit two 12"x12"x60' hand hued beams for the two-story building. While the majority of the timber was taken from barns, there was an occasional need to cut new wood from downed trees. He bought a sawmill at auction and moved it to his property. The first floor center keystone was cut from a tree Eric removed from the old number four hole at the East Palestine Country Club. It has 3' x 3' square base and rises nine feet to support the lower beam. The keystone is the only support across the 60 foot span.
Buffalo Hollow was elected as the location for the first annual Niki Feezle CF Explosion of Hope Concert event in 2011. The event featured local and regional acts including headliners, The Charlie Daniels Band and Blackhawk.
While the camping is primitive and some amenities are still in the works, Buffalo Hollow provides a laid back setting with no hassles. Just come and enjoy the great food, friends and music. The project is a never ending work-in-progress. A large walk-in cooler and covered bar was completed in 2010. It includes a 25 foot L shaped granite bar.
Outdoor Concert Venue
51367 Dickson Rd
Petersburg, OH 44454