Vermont Barn Census

Preliminary Research - 2009





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Photos of Barns in Franklin

As part of this research and windshield survey, each barn that was possible to see and photograph from the road was documented for the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Barn Census Project.  Here is a sampling of some of my better photographs, illustrating the many styles of agricultural structures that were found in Franklin.  The entire collection of photographs can be found on this interactive map at  A helpful guide to the differences between styles of barns is available on the VT Barn Census website (scroll down the page to the "Visual Glossary").  Another great resource is Thomas Visser's book: A Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings.  Photos by Jennifer Parsons, 2009.
English Barn Red
English barn, one of the earliest barn styles, with a cupola on Middle Rd.
Connected English Barns
English barns connected to each other, and to the main house on Gallup Rd.

Early Bank Barn
Early bank barn, built with its entrance on the upper portion of the hill, with storage for manure beneath, on Pidgeon Hill Rd.
gallup road bank barn
Late style bank barn with a covered high drive entrance, cupola, and milking room attached.  This is on Gallup Rd.
1938 Entrance to this covered high drive bank barn, with date (1938) on Main St.
Historic Sites and Surveys pic
The same barn in 1983 in the VT State Historic Sites and Structures Survey.  This barn was known as the Hubbard barn.
wood stave siloBank barn with wood staved silos on Gallup Rd.wood silosAnother bank barn with wood staved silos and a covered high drive entrance in the center of the eaves side (ramp missing).  Note the change from cupola to ventilators.  N. Sheldon Rd.
Ground Stable Barn
A gambrel roof ground stable barn on Riley Rd.  The owners said this barn was built in the 1950s.
hay barn Another gambrel roof structure.  The projecting hood for a hay hook and large opening below may suggest this largely functioned as a hay storage barn.  Dandurand Rd.
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.