Lecture Sold Out! Tour-Only tickets still available for a discounted rate online at Eventbrite or at the door!!
Walk-Ins Welcome! Tour-Only tickets on sale beginning at 11:45 am. Tour begins at Noon or after.
We look forward to seeing you there rain or shine!!
Please call our office at 603-224-2281 during office hours, or Beverly at 603-714-8774 on the day of the tour with questions or concerns.
Sandwich Town Hall
8 Maple Street
Center Sandwich, NH
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Parking -- while checking in at registration and picking up tour booklet -- will be available in Quimby Field diagonally across from the Town Hall to the north. The Town Hall parking lot will be reserved for tour-goers with limited mobility.
Enjoy a day of historic barns, scenic landscapes, and local history in the hills of central New Hampshire. Sandwich has a wealth of historic agricultural buildings and seven distinctive examples will be showcased at a barn tour on Saturday, August, 20th.
A self-guided tour of seven Sandwich barns will run from 12 - 4:30 pm. A barn expert will be on hand at each barn to talk about architectural features, framing styles, and agricultural uses. Five of the featured structures are included in the statewide Barn Tax Incentive Program (RSA 79-D), which authorizes municipalities to grant property tax relief to owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their agricultural buildings, and agree to maintain them throughout a minimum 10-year preservation easement.
Highlights of the tour include a large gambrel roofed barn on a 1920s gentleman's farm that was used as a patent museum in the 1940s, an 1830s working barn once owned by actor Claude Rains, of Casablanca fame, and a recently restored 1885 windmill used to pump water on the former Isaac Adams Estate. Adams was a distant cousin of President John Adams and the inventor of the Adams Press which revolutionized the printing industry.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the Sandwich Historical Society's Quimby Barn Museum which houses the Sandwich Concord Coach, as well as the Society’s c. 1850 Elisha Marston House Museum.
Cyclists are welcome too! Enjoy a more intimate experience of the back roads of Sandwich by cycling from barn to barn along lightly traveled paved and well-maintained dirt roads. The ride offers beautiful vistas of the Sandwich and Ossipee Ranges, passes through the Lower Corner Historic District, a National Register District, and provides the opportunity to take a side trip up the Historic Sandwich Notch Road, passing by the one remaining homestead of this once-active 19th century hill farm community.
The event is presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, in association with the Sandwich Historical Society and Sandwich Barn Preservation Committee.
Special thanks to our Old House & Barn Program sponsors: Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration & Preservation; Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Crown Point Cabinetry; Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC; Chinburg Builders; Erie Landmark Company; Paul Brien, General Contrator; and Schoen Custom Woodworking.
Special thanks to our Sandwich Open Barns Sponsors: The New Woodshed, Chippers, PC Hoag & Co. Inc. Certified Arborists, Lee Mt Restorations, LLC.
Lecture Sold Out! Tour-Only tickets still available for a discounted rate.
To purchase tickets online go to Eventbrite or purchase at the door!