Old Barn Resources

Whether you're concerned about your own barn, or one down the road, the Preservation Alliance wants to help. In 2017, our 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative has a goal of helping at least 52 barn owners across the state with assessment grants, assistance in securing tax relief, and educational opportunities to help save their historic barns. Throughout the year, barns and their owners will be showcased by the Preservation Alliance to celebrate good work and offer practical information and inspiration to others. 

With 52 Barns in 52 Weeks, we are offering you three enhanced Alliance barn preservation programs:

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.  Upcoming deadlines: May 1, August 1, and November 1, 2017.

These small matching grants cover the cost of a professional assessment and help barn owners by providing "road maps" for repair or re-use. As a part of our 52 Barns in 52 Weeks Initiative for 2017, we have expanded our assessment grant program to include mini-grants in order to help more barn owners. 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

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 15, 2017 for this tax year.

Educational Opportunities 

We'll be offering a variety of educational opportunities including programs and workshops throughout the year. Program topics 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.  Upcoming event: February 17, 2017.

Want to help us do more? Donate to the 52 Barns in 52 Weeks campaign 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!


Resource Pages Within the "Old Barn Resources" Section