Old Barn Resources


Whether you're concerned about your own barn, or one down the road, the Preservation Alliance wants to help. READ  INSPIRING STORIES of some of the barns we have helped. In our 2017 52 Barns in 52 Weeks campaign, we were able to offer 52 barn assessment grants and help hundreds of others with telephone consultation, assistance in securing tax relief, and educational opportunities to help save their historic barns.  We are here to help in 2018, and continue to offer these barn preservation resources:

Historic Barn Assessment Grants  

Download an application, or contact Beverly Thomas, Program Director, at (603) 224-2281. You also need to fill out this Farm Reconnaissance Form to complete an application.  

These small matching grants cover the cost of a professional assessment and help barn owners by providing "road maps" for repair or re-use. These $400 grants or $200 mini-grants coupled with a property-owner match of $100 or $50 respectively, go towards hiring a barn consultant to inspect the barn, determines its age and key construction features, assesses what's required to stabilize, repair and reuse the structure. Winners of a $400 grant will receive a full written report; winners of the mini-grant will receive a brief written summary upon completion of the site visit.  The results offer valuable planning tools that identify problems, propose specific preservation strategies, and offer cost estimates for the needed repairs.  

Historic Barn Tax Incentive Program -- DEADLINE April 16 this year (because April 15 is a Sunday)

A state law, RSA 79-D, creates a mechanism to encourage the preservation of historic New Hampshire barns and other agricultural buildings by authorizing municipalities to grant property tax relief to barn owners who (a) can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barns or other historic farm buildings, and (b) agree to maintain their structures throughout the term of a minimum 10-year preservation easement.  Upcoming deadline: April 16, 2018 for this tax year.  More here.

Educational Opportunities 

 Program topics at the Farm and Forest Expo and our Old House and Barn Expo will include assessing old barns, repair & restoration of stone foundations & stone walls, and timber frame restoration basics. Send an email to barns@nhpreservation.org to receive updated information on these and other programs and information, and keep an eye on our event calendar.  Looking for a contractor or preservation service? Check our Preservation Directory.  

Want to help us do more? Donate to the Farms and Barns program so we can help more barns! Thank you to all who already have, and thanks to our program partners, N.H. Division of Historical Resources and the New Hampshire Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee. 

Questions? Contact:
Beverly Thomas, Program Director at
603-224-2281 or bt@nhpreservation.org

We want to empower you to help save these tangible links to our agricultural past!


See these inspiring stories from our 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative:



Resource Pages Within the "Old Barn Resources" Section