Vermont Barn Census

Preliminary Research - 2009





Historic Census Data


So, what's the point of all this barn talk?  
Vermont recognizes and respects its strong agricultural heritage, and wants to play its part in preserving and celebrating its historic farms, many of which are still in agricultural use.  Preliminary research has been conducted, but if you would like to help contribute further research on the barns of Franklin, or within your own community, please contact the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation or the Vermont Barn Census.

Resources and other information:

    University of Vermont Bailey/Howe Library 

    UVM Special Collections:  a large collection of Vermont historical documents.   

    UVM Landscape Change Program:  an internet resource of images of Vermont's past.

    Town of Franklin, VT: contact information for the Town Clerk's office as well as postings of the Franklin               Historical Society meetings.

Lake Carmi post card

 A 1932 Post Card of Lake Carmi, looking north.  UVM Special Collections.



Franklin, VTDerby, VTBrownington, VTHinesburg, VTHuntington, VTRichmond, VTNorwich, VTHartford, VTDorset, VTManchester, VTTownshend, VTGrafton, VT

This preliminary research about barns and farm buildings in thirteen Vermont towns is offered as a public service to assist local volunteers with their efforts to learn more about the agricultural heritage of these communities. It is hoped that additional information on the history and features of these barns will be submitted by volunteers through the Vermont Barn Census project. The historical research and preliminary field documentation was conducted during the fall 2009 semester by graduate students enrolled in the Researching Historic Structures and Sites course at University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program with the assistance of local volunteers as part of the Vermont Barn Census, a statewide project of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program, Historic Windsor’s Preservation Education Institute, Save Vermont Barns, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Funding support provided in part by a Preserve America grant through the National Park Service to the State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.  The content of this site was primarily written and accumulated by Jennifer Parsons, UVM Graduate Student in Historic Preservation.