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 250 photographs.

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

The Lawrence Barn Preservation Mass Barn Non-Profit Topsfield MA Historic Gould Barn Aaron Sturgis // Jack Sobon (Experts)
The Timber Framers Guild Preservation Trades network (PTN) Historic Windsor Inc, The Preservation Institute Survey Checklist



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