Barn Education and Preservation

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

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2016 NBA Annual Meeting & Barn Tour

Join your fellow barn lovers September 9th-11th in Berryville, VA!

ptn_logo_150x150This year’s annual membership meeting is extra special.  Not only are we offering a great barn tour in an amazing location, but we are partnering with hands-on preservationists across the country and beyond for the 20th International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW 2016) taking place September 9th-11th at Clermont Farm in Berryville, Virginia!

For those who aren’t familiar with the IPTW, it is an annual conference that brings together the Preservation Trades Network (PTN), other technical preservation organizations, and many of the skilled tradespeople, artisans, and craftsmen behind the saving of America’s most treasured historic properties! We fully support the mission of the PTN: “To empower the traditional building trades through network, good works, community, fellowship and education.”


As noted on the PTN website, “This year’s event will be held on the grounds of Clermont Farm, a 360-acre research and training site in history, historic preservation, and agriculture, owned by the Department of Historic Resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Demonstrations and events will be held in the main barn, tents located throughout the property, and the springhouse.  A pre-conference workshop is in the works, focusing on repair of the springhouse located on the farm.  On Saturday night the yearly dinner and auction will be held, to benefit the PTN Misia Leonard Scholarship Fund.”

NBA members will be hosting a number of demonstrations and presentations focused on barn preservation at IPTW 2016, Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11.  Come by the barn at Clermont Farm and help us raise the Dutch Barn model or learn more about common repairs for saving our most treasured American barns!

Barn at Belle Grove

Barn at Belle Grove

 Barn Tour!

NBA is thrilled to be partnering with the great preservation advocates at PTN and the Clermont Foundation as we look to shine a spotlight on the preservation and repair of America’s historic agricultural architecture. We are also excited about partnering with other historic farm properties in the area for an informative and behind-the-scenes barn tour at two National Trust for Historic Preservation-affiliated historic sites:

In addition to the great barns at these locations, a few more privately-owned, beautiful, Shenandoah Valley barns promise to make this year’s tour extraordinary!

  • The tour starts at 8:30am on Friday, September 9th, and will wrap up around 4:00pm
  • The tour includes bus fare, an informational booklet, and a boxed lunch
  • You do not have to be registered for the PTN conference on Friday to go on the tour, but consider a whole weekend or Saturday registration to help NBA raise a model barn, learn more about common barn repair, and better identify historic barns from NBA members!
  • Tickets are $50 per non-member and $40 for NBA and PTN members
  • Tickets are limited in number. To secure your seat ASAP, register here: 2016/barn-tour
  • Have questions? Email us at!

Annual Membership Meeting

The NBA will hold our Annual Membership Meeting at the barn on Clermont Farm on Sunday, September 11, at 10 am.  Details will be forthcoming to all supporting members, so keep an eye to your inbox!

Stay tuned to, check out our e-newsletters, or visit us on Facebook to receive updated information when it’s available!





Join the National Barn Alliance

If you are working to save your family’s barn or that great old barn that symbolizes your hometown’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.