2019-07-29: Classic book on historic barn preservation releases updated edition2019-07-29T09:29:21-04:00


Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
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Classic book on historic barn preservation releases updated edition

Individuals, organizations and communities interested in the historic preservation of barns can turn to the newly released second edition of “Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource” for information on assessing, caring for and celebrating historic barns of all kinds.

At nearly twice the length of the original edition, the book offers updated techniques for repairing barns, as well as descriptions of how barn styles have evolved to suit different agricultural needs and how barns can be adapted for alternative uses while still maintaining their historic integrity.

Irreplaceable and endangered resources, historic barns have been part of the American landscape for centuries. They continue to serve not only as important agricultural structures but also as defining components of our history.

Written by historic barn experts John C. Porter and Francis E. Gilman, “Preserving Old Barns” combines practical hands-on advice for repairing barns with color photography by Lowell H. Fewster, descriptions of barn preservation techniques by timber frame expert Arron Sturgis and detailed drawings of barn joinery by Jessica MilNeil.

“Preserving Old Barns” is published by the N.H. Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The book is available through local bookstores and online at nh.gov/nhdhr and nhpreservation.org.

New Hampshire’s Division of Historical Resources, the State Historic Preservation Office, was established in 1974 and is part of the N.H. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. NHDHR’s mission is to preserve and celebrate New Hampshire’s irreplaceable historic resources through programs and services that provide education, stewardship, and protection. For more information, visit us online at nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling 603-271-3483.