Many historic barns dot the landscape of New York State, and oftentimes they carry a specific set of preservation challenges and concerns
Barn and Rural Preservation: FAQ
Where can I find information about how to best preserve a historic barn?
The National Park Service offers a technical preservation brief on historic barns.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation offers some tips for the preservation of historic barns.
The New York State Historic Preservation Office has some information on their website.
National Barn Alliance "We seek to provide national leadership for the preservation of America's historic barns and rural heritage through education, documentation, conservation, and networking."
How can I stay updated on current issues regarding rural historic resources in New York State?
Consider following the NYS Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. The commission is a joint, bi-partisan agency in the State Legislature. The commission publishes "Rural Futures: News of Interest about Rural NY.” This newsletter includes regular updates on new state laws affecting rural areas, news, publications, and grants.
Are there financial incentives available to owners of historic barns who wish to preserve them?
Unfortunately, there are not many financial incentives available for owners of privately used barns. The New York State Barn Restoration and Preservation Grant Program is no longer funded.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation administers and coordinates a number of programs of interest or possible benefit to barn owners, including: