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Historic Barns of Connecticut September newsletter with upcoming events

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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 in Connecticut. Here we are, a little over halfway through, and we are on target to succeed,
in 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,
now has over 6,000 barn entries from across the state. The Historic Barns of Connecticut staff has written over 750 Historic Resource
Inventory forms.
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 month alone
we will be in Windham, Chester, Suffield and Durham (see below for details)! In the coming months, we will be in Fairfield County,
New Haven County and Middlesex County as well as other towns that we missed. For those of you who are interested in volunteering
again, please let us know.


Todd Levine

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 part of
the state (the Last Green Valley) 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.

September 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,
please RSVP by email to or call us at 203-562-6312.
Directions to ECSU Student Center:
The student center is at 5 Charter Oak Road, Willimantic –
at  #31 on the map
Enter the campus via Eastern Road (the main entrance by the clock tower),
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 sign.
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 & beam frame. 
Also, be sure to visit the barn exhibit at the new Chester Museum at the Mill, details available at

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 lunch,
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 or call (203) 624-9186
Directions and more information:
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
of the Connecticut Trust and the Barn Survey team will be stationed at the exhibit periodically throughout the weekend to share
information about 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 Wheel).
For more information, go to
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