Connecticut’s Historic Barn Trail
“Without a past there is not future.” Did you know that there are more than 10,000 historic barns in the state of Connecticut, tiny and large?
Did you know that all of them are being documented by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation so that you can visit them all?
It’s true, we’re going to be home to the nation’s first historic barn trail.
I posed this question. “Do you think that people will have a better appreciation of barns, to me they’re just beautiful and what they stand for, but is that part of the process to get an appreciation for ‘we’re losing our farms, let’s keep the past so we can go to the future?
“Yeah, I think that barns are a building type that have a lot of things going for them, most importantly people just love barns. Everything we’ve done we’ve had great support from everybody,” said Todd Levine, Director, Historic Barns of CT. “Barns were originally a building that brought people together.”
“They’re community-based buildings,” according to Helen Higgins, CT Trust Executive Director. Levine tell me originally when a farmer was raising his barn all his neighbors would come and help him and it was a community place.
There have been over 400 people, volunteers that have helped to document the barns. People come together in barns and hold weddings, important events happen in barns like weddings.
Plans are in the work for and iphone app too.
If you love barns and want to help the state out in making sure that we find all of the historic barns, you can contact the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and they will deputize you as a surveyor, you’ll learn a lot along the way.