A workshop and tours offering advice and inspiration to owners who need help figuring out how to keep old barns in business will take place March 5-6.
The "BARN AGAIN!" workshop and tours will be sponsored by the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Preserve Dubois County, and Historic Southern Indiana.
Good farmers know never to waste anything and that includes old farm buildings. But sometimes, vintage structures need adaptation to function efficiently with modern agricultural equipment. Throughout the state, barns of all ages and types have been successfully rehabilitated for modern farming and other uses.
On March 5, the "BARN AGAIN!" workshop will offer practical solutions for maintaining, rehabilitating and adapting old barns for today's needs. The workshop will cover the history and structural technology of barns and describes successful and creative reuses. The workshop is based on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "BARN AGAIN!" program.
Successful entrepreneurs will share their experience in creating businesses in which their rehabilitated barns were central. Experts will discuss financial incentives for barn rehabilitation and rehab know-how, as well as sources for labor and materials.
On March 6, participants will have the opportunity to tour outstanding historic barns, beginning in Dubois County and traveling through Orange and Washington counties to Jackson County, where the National Maple Syrup Festival will be underway in Medora.
For further exploration into Indiana barn culture, Preserve Dubois County will host "Barns to Homes," March 5. Guests will have the chance to tour four log structures adapted to residential use. Cost is $20 per person, which includes van transportation to the sites and a light reception.
The "BARN AGAIN!" workshop will take place at the Dubois County Museum, 2704 Newton St., Jasper, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fee for the workshop is $60 per person for both days, or $45 for March 5 only and $20 for March 6 only.
The two-day registration fee includes lunch for both days, an information packet, barn tour, membership in Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, and special pricing for entrance to the National Maple Syrup Festival.
The reservation deadline for both "BARN AGAIN!" workshop and "Barns to Homes" tour is Feb. 28. To register, call the Southern Regional Office of Historic Landmarks Foundation at 812-284-4534 or e-mail email@example.com. For details about the agenda, fees and barn tour, call or e-mail or log on to www.historicland-marks.org.