Did you know that Kentucky (where I was born and raised) is ranked first in the nation for the number of barns per square mile that are older than 1960? That's a LOT of potentially historic and beautiful barns!!
I love seeing the dark hallmark tobacco barns when driving through rural and picturesque farmland....
In North Carolina, where I currently am, we are ranked number 21 for barns per square mile--still above the halfway mark.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation's BARN AGAIN! program advocates for the reuse and preservation of historic barns and other older farm buildings, providing technical assistance to property owners, hosting BARN AGAIN! training workshops and sessions, and working with barn owners to more effectively use their buildings for today's farming needs as an alternative to building new structures.
Click Here for the NTHP site and for more information on this unique and valuable initiative.
The publication, Historic Barns: Working Assets for Sustainable Farms, contains much of the information that is detailed and promoted in the BARN AGAIN! program. It's a fabulous resource for anyone owning a working farm with older barns and outbuildings seeking to preserve and practically put them to use again.
It breaks my heart to see so many of our beautiful agricultural barns and outbuildings disappearing so fast across our country's rural landscape. We MUST be an advocate for their preservation for future generations! Our farming and agricultural heritage is just too important not to.