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Restoring Historical Barns

 

Circa 1920's Gambrel Roof Barn Eagle Mills Farms, Whatcom County
Circa 1920's Gambrel Roof Barn Eagle Mills Farms, Whatcom County

Historic barns are one of the most recognized and, to many people, beloved aspects of the rural landscape. However, maintaining or repairing an old barn is a challenge for many of today's farmers: many old barns do not meet the needs of modern farming practices, and as the fortunes of small farmers rose and fell with changing economies many of those old barns fell into disrepair. Despite this, many farmers and their families want to continue to use their historic barn or perhaps re-use it for another purpose, and NRCS planners are often asked what resources owners can tap into to learn more about the history of their barn, how to repair them, or sources of funding and expertise that can help a family save an old barn that might otherwise be destroyed or allowed to slowly collapse.

This web page provides links to various sources of information to assist owners in researching barn history, repair, and preservation groups or sources of funding that may be of assistance.
 

This barn is an example of a Shed Barn style with large center doors for wagons and stock doors on either side. This barn is an example of a Shed Barn style.
This barn is an example of a Shed Barn style with large center doors for wagons and stock doors on either side. This barn is an example of a Shed Barn style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need help saving your historic barn?

A few informative links to help you on your way to restoring history for tomorrow.

Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (DAHP) page
http://www.dahp.wa.gov/barn-preservation

The Preservation of Historic Barns - National Park Service (NPS)
http://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/20-barns.htm

The Barn Journal - 
http://thebarnjournal.org/

Preston Barn in Douglas Count, Washington -
http://thebarnjournal.org/featured/013/index.html