Project update and coming Events (scroll down for more info)
The Historic Barns of
Connecticut project is now at a critical point in our progress. When we started
this project in July 2009, our
goal was to document all of the barns
Here we are, a little over halfway through, and we are on target to succeed,
large part from the hard work of our volunteers!
In the last year we have
gathered over 4,000 wind-shield surveys and held 9 workshops covering over 70
municipalities. We have
over 250 volunteers out in the field who have made a conscious
decision to help the Trust save Connecticut’s
historic barns! Without
your help, we couldn’t have been so successful and for
this, we thank you! The barn database, found at www.connecticutbarns.org
now has over
6,000 barn entries from across the state. The Historic Barns of Connecticut
staff has written over 750 Historic Resource
And now that Fall
is fast approaching, it’s time again to ask you for your help. In the coming
months, we will be holding a number of
workshops to cover the rest of the state
and we hope those of you who have helped us in the past can help us again. This
we will be in Windham, Chester, Suffield and Durham (see below for details)! In the coming
months, we will be in Fairfield County,
County and Middlesex County
as well as other towns that we missed. For those of you who are interested in
again, please let us know.
Director, Historic Barns of Connecticut
Historic Barns of Connecticut survey: Thursday, September 16 in Windham
Funded by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
We are inviting volunteers to help us locate barns and photograph them - our target area for this 10th workshop is the eastern
the state (the Last
including: Brooklyn , Killingly, Scotland, Canterbury, North
Stonington, Sterling, Griswold, Plainfield,
Thompson, Voluntown, Hampton, Putnam, and Windham.
Sponsored jointly with
the Center for Community Engagement
at Eastern Connecticut State University.
16, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm
Room 219 of the ECSU
Student Center, 5 Charter Oak Road, Willimantic
- see below for directions and parking.
Light refreshments will be provided.
We will give a slide show on barns in Connecticut. Then we will divide up each town into areas.
Teams of volunteers will
adopt an area to survey and input their photographs and data into our web site, found at
The database is the
foundation for a statewide Historic Resource Inventory.
Survey information may be
used as the basis of State Register and
National Register of Historic Places nominations.
If you are interested in participating in this exciting project,
Directions to ECSU Student
center is at 5 Charter Oak Road,
Enter the campus via Eastern Road (the main entrance by the
turn right in the traffic circle next to the clock tower, pass
under the pedestrian bridge,
and park in the back parking lot past the stop
The stairs by the stop sign go down directly to the Student Center.
Room 219 is down a hallway which is on the right past the Food Court.
If you know of someone who may be interested in the program, please forward this email.
Thank you - we hope to see you there.
Come Home to Chester - Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sponsored by the Chester Historical Society
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Meeting House, 9W Main Street, Chester
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Todd Levine, (CTHP) and Bill Cadley, a post and beam builder will talk
barns: history, building type, materials, tools
and technologies and
share their experiences in the field. Cider and cookies will be served. Event is free and open to
the public. Note: Family activities
begin at 3:00 pm which include local Scouts building a small post &
Out and About with the Connecticut League of History Organizations: Monday, September 20, 2010
All About Barns: What Happens After the Cows Have Left
Phelps-Hathaway Barn, 55 South Main Street, Suffield
September 20, 2010, 9:30–12:30 Phelps-Hathaway Barn, 12:30–1:30 Hilltop Farm (optional)
Visit three Suffield barns and view restoration, reuse, and
reconstruction. Starting at our host site, Connecticut Landmark’s
Phelps-Hathaway barn, Todd Levine, (CTHP) will introduce the topic,
including how to identify and date barns, the
CTHP barn survey,
non-agricultural reuse of barns, and available restoration funding
sources. We will travel a short way on
South Main Street to the “new”
old barn, reconstructed on the grounds of the Suffield Historical
Society. Lester Smith, the
SHS curator will give an insider’s tour. Next
we will head over to the barn at Hilltop Farm (bring your own brown bag
cider and cookies provided) and meet with Janet Banks, past
president of the Friends of the Farm at Hilltop.
Janet will give us the
background and tour of this 10,000 square foot barn that has been called
a cathedral of agriculture.
Morning refreshments provided. Cost: $15 CLHO members / $25 non-members
Registration: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 624-9186
Supported by a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.
Durham Fair - September 23 - 26, 2010
September 23, 24, 25 26
Durham Fair presented by the Durham Agricultural Fair Association, Inc.
Rt. 17, Durham
The Connecticut Trust will have an exhibit at the fair dedicated to the
Connecticut barn. Todd Levine and other representatives
Connecticut Trust and the Barn Survey team will be stationed at the
exhibit periodically throughout the weekend to share
the Connecticut Trust, Connecticut barns and the statewide Barn Survey.
Has your town been surveyed?
Perhaps your favorite barn is included –
come take a look! Visit us at Farm Museum (located near the Ferris
For questions on any of these programs or barns in general, please contact Todd or Charlotte at 203-562-6312.
Todd Levine Charlotte Hitchcock
Director, Historic Barns of Connecticut Barn Researcher