Old House & Barn Expo

Presented by the NH Preservation Alliance

Check back for information on the Spring 2018 Expo.

Meet experts, attend lectures and enjoy demonstrations by local craftspeople 

Lisa Curry Mair (at right) is one of over 30 accomplished speakers at the 2016 Expo. Her talk, My Cousin Rufus, explores the murals of 19th century master Rufus Porter. (She is a relative!) Photo: Steve Booth

Have fun and learn from experts at this biennial weekend exposition to help old house and barn owners (and enthusiasts) with appropriate, practical, and affordable preservation solutions.  Meet with vendors of period-appropriate materials and furnishings, watch craftspeople in action, learn about researching your historic house or creating a new kitchen or gardens that are appropriate to your historic setting.  Get customized advice from an “Old House and Barn Doctor."   There are hourly lectures and over 60 exhibitors and traditional arts demonstrators to make the two days of the Expo a rewarding experience for experienced homeowners and novices alike.  Children -- and adults -- will enjoy the fun. 

“The event is helpful to homeowners whose houses date from 1750 to 1950, those who want to add old traditions to a new house, and people who just love old building crafts and traditions,” said Beverly Thomas, program director at the Preservation Alliance.  Lecture and demonstration topics typically include architectural features of old homes, solutions to common barn repair problems, energy efficiency measures, tips for healthy homes, choosing appropriate paint colors, insurance, real estate and financial options, stone wall building and timber framing. The Expo is held at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.  Look for the next Expo in Spring 2018.

Questions? Contact: Jennifer Goodman, 603-224-2281

2016 Event Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Attendees at a past Expo watched John Leeke demonstrate how to repair window sash; other demonstrations included rug hooking, stone wall building, wood turning, and timber framing. Photo: Steve Booth

Specialty products:  A Merrie Sweepe Chimney Services, Artistic Tile, Erie Landmark, Ink Drawings by Gene Matris, Iron Horse Roofing, MB Historic Décor, Ould Colony Artisans, Standfast Forge, and Ward Clapboard Mill.

Experienced preservation contractors, designers and millwork specialists:  Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation, Bedard Preservation & Restoration, First Period Colonial, Vintage Kitchens, Ahlgren and Son Builders, J.R. Graton Historic Restoration, Historic House, Inc. Fifield Building Restoration and Relocation, Preservation Timber Framing and Paul Brien, General Contractor.  Window-related exhibitors include the Window Preservation Alliance, Decatur Company, Historic Sash Works, LLC and Window Master, Inc.

Architectural and old house booksellers:  Steve Schuyler and Summer Beam Books

Other Specialists:  ReVision Energy, RST and Innerglass Window Systems; N.H. Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program; Historic and Distinctive Properties, Bartlett Tree Experts, Rumford Stone, Arnold M. Graton Associates, Granite State Daylighting, Irving Home Builders, Bingham Lumber, P.C. Products Co. and Woods & Co. Civil Engineering.

Nonprofit partners:  Historic New England, Sanborn Mills Farm, N.H. Farm Museum, New England Timber Framers Guild, and others.  


Raffles and more fun!

The happy winner of the timber frame last Expo is shown here with members of the Timber Framers Guild.

The happy winner of the timber frame last Expo is shown here with members of the Timber Framers Guild.

At the 2016 Expo, visitors had many chances to get expert advice and inspiration.  They could also buy chances to win hand-made items in a raffle.  A hand-crafted custom vanity was made and donated by DJA Design owner Decran J. Abromowich to benefit the Preservation Alliance which featured a copper vessel sink with matching faucet on a cherry top with a light pewter colored base.  Lisa Curry Mair Canvasworks donated a 3' by 4' Rufus Porter-style mural as well.

A timber frame shed is always the star item of the Expo raffle.  Constructed on-site during the Expo by volunteer timber framers, the structure is approximately 8 feet by 12 feet.  Past winners have finished off the timber frame to create utilitarian spaces for tool storage or a sap house, or to indulge in a private refuge with a hot tub or writing studio.   

Old House & Barn Expo Sponsors

Media Sponsors

  • Antique Homes Magazine
  • Louis Karno & Company
  • NH Home Magazine
  • NH Public Television

Additional Sponsors

  • Ahlgren and Son
  • Arnold M. Graton Assoc
  • ReVision Energy
  • Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC
  • Innerglass Window Systems
  • Preservation Timber Framing
  • Swenson Granite Works
  • Rumford Stone

Organization Sponsors

  • AIA-NH
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • NH Division of Historical Resources
  • NH Historical Society
  • Manchester Historic Association
  • NH State Grange
  • Historic New England
  • Timber Framers Guild
  • UNH Cooperative Extension
  • Preservation Education Institute
  • Plan NH