Barn Survey Form
Dear owner or friend of an old barn:
As you may know, New Hampshire now has a Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee. This group represents a wide constituency of agricultural, conservation and preservation interests and provides advocacy and technical assistance to barn owners. The committee has initiated a number of projects, including a publication on barn repairs, a property tax-related incentive for barn preservation, and two grant programs.
Another project is a survey of farm buildings that once existed across the state and what remains today. Since we cannot visit every farm, we are asking for your help with the survey. The results of the survey will serve as a history of the state’s agricultural landscape and help the advisory group make more informed decisions regarding grants and technical assistance.
Please review the questions on the inventory form and answer as many as possible about your farm, or a farm in your town with the owner’s permission. Information can be continued on additional pages, and feel free to make copies of the form as needed. Please photograph as many of the farm buildings as possible. For archival stability, DHR prefers black and white photographs, although color and printed digital photographs are acceptable. Photos showing interior framing, barnyards, fields, fences and other landscapes are also welcome, as are copies of historic photographs. (No photographs will be used for publication without the owner’s consent.) Equally helpful is a sketch map of the property, roughly to scale, showing the location of each building labeled separately with a letter.
Forms can be filled out with permanent ink, typewriter or computer. Forms are also available on the web site of the Division of Historical Resources, at www.nh.gov/nhdhr/programs/barns.html. Completed forms may be mailed to the NH Division of Historical Resources, 19 Pillsbury Street, 2nd floor, Concord, NH 03301.
Thank you very much for your help and interest in our project. We look forward to hearing more about your barn and will keep you on our mailing list to receive further information about barn preservation in New Hampshire.
Mary Kate Ryan
State Survey Coordinator
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