“Preserving Old Barns” is a book to help barn owners assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. The new second edition, which came out in 2019, is nearly twice the size of the first one and contains over 200 photos and drawings.
Written by barn experts John C. Porter and Francis E. Gilman, “Preserving Old Barns” combines agricultural history with practical hands-on advice for repairing barns. The book also showcases color photography by Lowell Fewster with beautiful photos of preserved barns around New Hampshire. There are descriptions of barn preservation techniques by timber frame expert Arron Sturgis and detailed drawings of barn joinery by Jessica MilNeil. The book reviews the evolution of barns from the days of subsistence farming to the present adoption of robotic milking, and it has descriptions of special internal barn features.
“Preserving Old Barns” was sponsored by the N.H. Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee (“Barn Committee”). The book was published by Peter E. Randall Publisher, LLC of Portsmouth. The book won the Silver Medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association’s (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Awards Program this spring. Anyone ordering the book using the online address listed below will receive one with the silver award seal and personally signed. The cost is $29.95 plus postage and can be ordered online from nh.gov/nhdhr or obtained at local bookstores. The proceeds from the book go toward barn preservation efforts in New Hampshire.