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"Historic barns and agricultural structures symbolize the distinctive New Hampshire values of heritage, hard work, productivity and stewardship. They are witnesses to the role of agriculture in our state's image and its economy, and they serve as scenic landmarks for residents and visitors alike."

-- New Hampshire RSA 227-C:27, 1999


NEW PUBLICATION: Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource

Preserving Old Barns Front Cover


The National Register of Historic Places - NH Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR), 603/271-3483

The New Hampshire State Register of Historic Places - NHDHR, 603/271-3483

The New Hampshire Barn Survey Project -- NHDHR, 603/271-3483

Farms of Distinction adobe acrobat - NH Dept. of Agriculture, 603/271-3551

Grant Programs and Tax Incentives

Property Tax Incentives - property tax relief for owners of historic New Hampshire barns and other agricultural buildings, NHDHR at 603/271-3483.

Barn Assessment Grants - planning grants prior to rehabilitation projects, New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, 603/224-2281.

Land and Community Heritage Investment Program - for municipalities and non-profits, grants for preserving natural, cultural and historic resources, 603/224-4113.

Conservation License Plate Program - for publicly-owned properties, grants for preservation and conservation projects, NHDHR, 603/271-3483.
How to purchase or give Moose Plates - and other FAQs.

Preservation Tax Credits - 20% federal income tax credit for the rehabilitation of income-producing structures on the National Register of Historic Places, NHDHR, 603/271-3483.

Other Resources

Barn Committee - Biennial Reports, Meeting Agendas and Meeting Minutes of the New Hampshire Historic Agricultural Structures Matching Grants Program Advisory Committee

Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource, by John C. Porter and Francis E. Gilman.

The Preservation of Historic Barns, by Michael J. Auer, Preservation Brief 20 from the National Park Service. A summary of historic barn types nationwide and technical advice for their maintenance.

Conserving the Family Farm  - a manual using plain language on conservation easements and agricultural provisions, produced by the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension, (603) 679-5616. adobe acrobat

NH Stories Inc. and New Hampshire Made, Inc. - promoting the people, products and services of New Hampshire, 888/647-8674.

Scenic and Cultural Byways - increasing direct marketing opportunities, New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, 603/271-2155.

Preservation and Agricultural Easements - please contact the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance for more information on easements, 603/224-2281.

Is Your Town Farm Friendly? - A checklist for sustaining rural character, by Gary Matteson for the NH Coalition for Sustaning Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension.

Preserving Rural Character through Agriculture: A Resource Kit for Planners - A broad array of useful tools and techniques, compiled by the NH coalition for Sustaining Agriculture. adobe acrobat

Barn Again! - national clearinghouse for information, awards and grants, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 303-623-1504.

Creating an Agricultural Commission in Your Town  - Lorraine Stuart Merrill, for the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension. Agricultural commissions are an effective mechanism for communities to take positive action to remain or become more farm-friendly. adobe acrobat

Who's Who in New Hampshire Agriculture - contact information for people and programs, and a brief economic overview of agriculture in New Hampshire, published by the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food.

American Farmland Trust - online library, research, technical and policy assistance for saving family farms and farmland.

National Barn Alliance - national barn preservation network.

National Agricultural Library - online library and links to agricultural topics, including extensive history and image collections.

Agriculture Online - portal and search engine for agricultural subjects and programs.

Rolfe Barn - Technical Information Sheet: Exploring the Rolfe Barn in Penacook Adobe Acrobat

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