BARN AGAIN! Frequently Asked Questions


Walnut Springs Farm-Marshfiled, MO after rehabilitation.

When the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Successful Farming magazine launched the BARN AGAIN! program in 1987, historic barns were considered doomed. Obsolete for modern farming needs and too expensive to maintain as family heirlooms, old barns appeared destined to be preserved only in photographs and memories.

Hundreds of success stories later, that attitude is changing. Through demonstration projects, case studies, publications, technical assistance, and an awards program, BARN AGAIN! chipped away at the premise that new is better. The program showed how historic barns can be adapted for new farming.

The following are answers to the most frequently asked questions at the BARN AGAIN! program.

How do I get some of that barn money?

If you don't give away money, what do you do?

How many historic barns are in the United States?

What is the National Register of Historic Places?

What are the tax credits for rehabilitation of historic buildings?

Why paint it red?

Is it possible to straighten my barn?

How do I stop water damage to the foundation siding and sills?

How do I repair damaged siding?

What type of roof material should I use?

How do I determine the age of my barn?

What is the view of BARN AGAIN! on moving barns?

Where can I find qualified contractors?

Are there places where I could find salvaged barn materials?

Does BARN AGAIN! assist barns that are no longer in agriculture?

Should I cover my barn in metal siding?

How do I start a barn preservation program?