For Barn Owners

Blanchard Barn, Plymouth, VTBlanchard Barn, Plymouth, VT
Photo by Sanders H. Milens

Taking Care of Your Old Barn: Ten Tips for Preserving and Reusing Vermont's Historic Agricultural Buildings.

This web site provides Vermont property owners with a basic guide to taking care of their historic barns and farm buildings. It includes some general guidelines, a short history of barns, ten tips for barn maintenance and repair, ways to adapt barns to other uses, sources of advice and funding for barn preservation, and a list of organizations that offer aid to those working on their barns. Produced by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier, Vermont.

Go to the Taking Care of Your Old Barn website.


Though a partnership with the Birdseye Foundation, the Preservation Trust of Vermont has a grants program to help with condition assessments for historic barns. The planning grants are available to offset the cost of a qualified contractor to evaluate the condition of an historic barn and make recommendations for its care. The consultant will prepare a report that prioritizes repairs and gives rough cost estimates. The condition assessments cost $500, of which a grant from the Preservation Trust pays $250.

The Preservation Trust Field Services staff usually does a site visit to make a preliminary evaluation of the barn.  Please contact Eric Gilbertson at 802-272-8543 or to set up a visit.