17 buildings across Vermont receive preservation grants

REGION – The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 State Barn Preservation Grants. Seventeen matching grants totaling $211,369 will aid in the restoration and maintenance of significant historic agricultural buildings in ten counties around the state.

Funding will help owners to repair a broad range of barns from a 1933 gambrel-roof horse barn in Underhill to a circa 1830 English barn that is part of a complex of historic agricultural buildings at the Miller Farmstead in Ferrisburgh. Grants will support foundation repairs, drainage work, timber frame repairs, and replacement of failing roofs.

Crowley Cheese Factory recieved one of the preservation grants. Photo provided.

  Funds were awarded to the following projects in our region:

Bellows Falls, Vt. where Basin Farm is located received $15,000. This property was conserved by the Vermont Land Trust in 1992. The current owners grow organic crops on 12 acres, with pastures for cows and goats and fields of grain and hay for animal feed. Structural repairs and drainage work to the circa 1880 barn will be supported by this grant funding

Cavendish, Vt. where Spaulding Farm is located received $10,000. This 170-acre property was owned by the Spaulding family until 1986. In addition to the circa 1850 barn, the farmhouse is one of 26 schnecked ashlar stone houses in Cavendish. The owners plan to undertake a top-to bottom rehabilitation of the barn with the aid of this grant funding. Work includes reconstruction of the high drive and repairs to the stone foundation and timber frame.

Mount Holly, Vt. where Crowley Cheese Factory located received $8,160. Constructed in 1881-1882 for a cheese-making operation, this building is the oldest continuously operating cheese factory in the United States. The property includes roughly 15 acres. The building serves all aspects of this active operation, including manufacturing, packaging, sales, and shipping. These matching grant funds will help the owners restore the building’s historic windows.

To view the full listing of agricultural buildings that received a preservation grant visit here.

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