A c. 1780 English barn, mid-twentieth century corn crib, c. 1840 sugarhouse and 1915 dairy barn are among a list of 20 historic agricultural buildings across Vermont receiving Barn Preservation Grants in 2014. The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation recently awarded matching grants totaling $282,786 to help restore and maintain historically and architecturally significant agricultural buildings.
“Now in its 22nd year, this grant program is intensely competitive and has successfully elevated the profile of agricultural-based preservation,” said Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont state historic preservation officer. “Because this is a matching grant program, we believe the commitment the grant recipients demonstrate to preserving our state’s historic agricultural resources for current and future generations deserves recognition and applause.”
More than 35 applications were received, with selected grant projects ranging from roof replacements, to structural and frame repairs, window restoration, and foundation and drainage improvements. The complete list of funded projects is available online at: http://accd.vermont.gov/sites/accd/files/Documents/strongcommunities/historic/FY2014_Barn_Grants.pdf.
“Vermont’s rural landscape is defined by its many historic agricultural buildings. Whether active farms or adaptively used for recreation and tourism, these buildings are an important piece of the current and future economic vitality of our state,” said Noelle MacKay, commissioner of Housing and Community Development for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. “Vermont is fortunate to have so many people committed to preserving our historic agricultural resources; their efforts demonstrate their commitment to a vibrant Vermont economy.”
The State-funded Barn Preservation Grant program helps individuals, municipalities and non-profit organizations restore or rehabilitate the historic agricultural buildings that are a symbol of Vermont’s rural landscape. Since its inception, the program has granted nearly $2.4 million towards the preservation of over 300 historic agricultural buildings. To qualify, buildings must be listed in, or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
For more information, please visit: http://accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants/barn.
Contact: Caitlin Corkins, Vermont Division of Historic Preservation; 802-828-3047; firstname.lastname@example.org