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March 23, 2016

State Barn Preservation Grants Awarded to 19 Agricultural Buildings Across Vermont

Governor Peter Shumlin and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation awarded matching grants totaling $232,517 to aid in the restoration and maintenance of significant buildings that contribute to Vermont' agricultural history. Projects in eight counties from Guilford to Glover will help repair a broad range of historic barns from the 1780 English barn at Waterman Hill farm in Norwich to a 1936 gambrel-roof barn at Maplemont Farm in Barnet. Grants will support foundation repairs, drainage work, timber frame repairs, and replacement of failing roofs.

"Vermont's rural landscape, dotted by iconic agricultural buildings, is the core of our culture, heritage, and economy. Whether they are active farms or adaptively used for recreation or tourism, these buildings are an integral part of our state's brand and vital to its economic vitality," said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Housing and Community Development for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. "This year's request for project funding demonstrates the importance of these agricultural resources to Vermonters."

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation reviewed 48 applications with funding requests totaling $627,887.00. Grants awarded this year will aid in the preservation of the main barn at Rocky Dale Gardens, a specialty plant nursery in Bristol and reconstruction of a high-drive recently damaged at Andersonville Farm in Glover, a dairy farm supplying milk to Jasper Hill Creamery. This funding will repair a series of connected barns at the historic Taplin Hill Farm in Corinth; replace the metal roof on a 1936 Kit Barn and summer home of Phantom Theater in Warren; and restore drains and foundations of the 1810 English Barn at Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury, among others.

"This matching grant program continues to successfully elevate the profile of agricultural-based preservation," said Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont State Historic Preservation Officer. "The recipients deserve recognition for their commitment to these historic resources, which not only recount Vermont's agricultural past but strengthen the significance of our working landscapes."

The state-funded Barn Preservation Grant program helps individuals, municipalities, and non-profit organizations restore or rehabilitate historic agricultural buildings. Since its inception in 1992, the program has granted almost $2.5 million towards the preservation of over 380 historic agricultural buildings around the state. To qualify, buildings must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Division for Historic Preservation within the Department of Housing and Community Development is part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

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Media Contact: Caitlin Corkins, Vermont Division of Historic Preservation, 802-828-3047,,

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: March 23, 2016 16:18:48