Sheltering livestock, equipment and grain, barns were important agricultural structures that played a central role in the early settlement and development of New Hampshire and the region. Now dwindling in number, these historic buildings bear witness to the role of agriculture in the economy and remain as symbols of our cultural heritage, signifying the rural values of hard work, productivity and self-sufficiency.
This discussion of old barns will cover early styles and construction techniques, how barns evolved and how to estimate their ages. The barn preservation movement will also be reviewed, including how to take the steps necessary to stabilize failing structures.
5:00 Wine and Cheese, 5:30 Lecture Begins
Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth