"We seek to provide national leadership for the preservation of America's historic barns and rural heritage through education, documentation, conservation, and networking."

Join us in working to preserve America's historic barns & rural heritage today!

Join the National Barn Alliance

Help Protect America’s Disappearing Rural Heritage!

 

Are you working to save a barn that symbolizes your town’s agricultural history?

 

You are not alone!

 

Across America, hundreds of individuals, families, towns, working farms and historical societies have declared that their barns will continue to be part of the visual landscape, as useful farm structures or beginning new lives as educational and community resources.

Barn Stories

Learn the Stories Behind the Buildings

 

http://thebarnjournal.org/people/005/02.jpgA barn is more than wood and nails. It is the history behind the construction; the experiences of the family that owned it; the traditions that surround these physical pieces of the agricultural landscape. Below you will find first-hand accounts of barn owners as well as films and in-depth articles. We invite you to learn and enjoy.

 


 

Barn Stories: Reminiscences and Anecdotes

Take a moment to enjoy these stories shared by readers on thebarnjournal.org. Each piece reflects on the writer’s memories and experiences with barns.

 

“Building the Dutch Barn” Film

“Building the Dutch Barn” is an educational short film about raising the quarter-scaled Dutch barn frame as part of the Teamwork & Timbers Program. Read an exclusive interview done with director, Brandt Bolding.

 

Featured Barns: In-depth articles

Learn more about these significant barns that have been highlight on thebarnjournal.org. Take a closer look at why these pieces of our history are so treasured.

 

Round Barns

Enjoy a look at this unique and interesting barn type on thebarnjournal.org. In addition to articles about round barns, a list of resources for further round barn research is included.

 

 

Learn about Barns

Barn Preservation Education for
Owners, Scholars, and Enthusiasts

 

 Why Preserve Barns?

Barns are the story of America; from pioneer times to our modern rural landscape. It is a long, interesting, and important story. The barns of America have stood as witnesses and guardians of our collective history. From tiny log pens cut into wildness to ornate castles in the middle of vast fields, they tell the story of hard work: they tell stories of dedication, tradition, aspiration, and creativity. It is our nation’s story told in wood, brick, and stone.  Barn preservation is keeping this one-of-a-kind story alive for all to see, touch, and experience.