The History of Barns in New England - Suggested Reading
"Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings," by Thomas
Visser, research associate professor of history and interim director of the
Historic Preservation Program, published by the University Press of New England
Each year, nearly 1,000 Vermont barns are lost to fire, collapse or
bulldozers. To document and preserve a record of this disappearing heritage,
Visser has included information on structure, traditions and innovations in this
guide to barns, silos, sugarhouses, granaries, tobacco barns and potato houses.
The text includes accounts from 18th and 19th century observers and more than
Tom Visser can be reached at (Vermont area code) 656-0577.
Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of
N.E. by Thomas Hubka, University Press of New England, 1984.
The Framed Houses of Massachusetts Bay, 1625-1725 by Abbott
Lowell Cummings, Harvard U Press, 1979
The Old Way of Seeing, How Architecture Lost Its Magic (and how to get it
back) by Jonathan Hale, Houghton-Mifflin Co., 1994
A Building History of Northern N.E. by James L. Garvin,
University Press of New England, Hanover, N.H. 2001
For add'l resources: The Timbers
Framers Guild of North America or
Traditional Timber Framers Research &
Advisory Group, PO Box 60, Becket, MA 01223 1-413-623-9926