Barn owners interested in a professional evaluation of their historic barn should consider applying for a small assessment grant. Winners of the competitive grants are matched with experienced contractors that provide owners a “road map” for repair after a site visit. The grants do not cover the costs of repair or restoration. Upcoming deadlines for submission are February 1 and May 1. Please go to our website for further details.
The information gathered from the assessment often helps owners better understand the history and evolution of their barns, prioritize and budget to address critical needs, find out what work they can do themselves, and be better clients for work done by contractors.
In addition to the barn grants are two other proven programs to meet the goal: educational programs for barn owners and enthusiasts, and expanding use of a state barn easement program that can offer tax relief to property owners who preserve their historic agricultural structures. Barns are part of the landscapes and communities that attract businesses and visitors according to project leaders.
We are grateful to donors of this initiative, and are seeking additional financial support for the program. To learn more about the 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative, or to make a donation, go to nhpreservation.org.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information and updates about the program. Upcoming events include a February 17 lecture on in-town barns at the Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester.
Photo: Daniel Ayers, a Northumberland barn owner, secured one of our barn assessment grants and used it to create a road map for the stabilization and repair of his 1880s barn. Dan purchased the “fantastic place” to preserve the land and buildings which are such an integral part of town history. The local landmark stands across from the 1799 Meeting House, is on the site of Fort Wentworth and the old muster grounds, had been owned by the same family for 5 generations and is part of an old stage coach stop. Not only did he preserve the barn, he “paid it forward” by giving the Alliance the same amount as his grant to support our activities and help other barn owners.