Old Barn Resources


Whether you're concerned about your own barn, or one down the road, the Preservation Alliance wants to help.  In our recent 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. READ  INSPIRING STORIES of some of the 52 Barns Grant winners. We are here to help, 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 $250 mini-grants coupled with a property-owner match of $100 or $250 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. Grant recipients will receive a written report; that can be used as a valuable planning tool that identifies problems, proposes specific preservation strategies, and offers cost estimates for the needed repairs.  

Historic Barn Tax Incentive Program

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.  

Educational Opportunities  

Send an email to projects@nhpreservation.org to receive updates on these and other programs and information. And keep an eye on our event calendar for upcoming barn programs, workshops, and tours.  Looking for a contractor or preservation service? Check our Preservation Directory.  We also have useful books for sale here and a new barn preservation book here.

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:



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