Places to Visit > Maine Barns
Maine has a strong history of farming - which means lots of barns. The barns
have diminished in number as the agricultural enterprises in Maine have
significantly been reduced and time overtakes some of the older barns. Many of these old barns are slowly falling down
because of non-use or end of life; however, some have been repaired and / or restored.
Old Barn in Norway, Maine
An architectural design common in the New England region of the United
States is the connected farm. This type of farm is characterized by a farm
house, kitchen, and barn buildings connected in a rambling fashion that
allowed for the carrying out of farm work while sheltered from winter
weather. A typical arrangement would be the "big house", "little house",
"back house", and "barn". The "big house" would comsist of the living room
and bedrooms, the "little house" is the kitchen, the "back house" would
store tools, wagons, and farm implements, followed by the "barn".
In the picture above we see the "big house" at left painted mustard gold,
the "little house" or kitchen painted red, the "back house" or garage with
cedar shingles located between the kitchen and barn, and then to the right
is the "barn". Visible at the junction of the "back house" and the "barn" is
a three-holer accessable from the inside of the "back house". Pictured below
is the same farm viewed from another angle - showing the four distinct
structures of the connected farm concept.
From Right to Left - "Big House", "Little House", "Back House" and "Barn"
This type of farm design is described in detail by WikipediA in "Connected
Farm". In addition, more info is available in a book by Thomas c. Hubka
- Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm
Buildings of New England, University Press of New England, Hanover, NH,
1984. The book is available at
Internet Resources about Maine Barns
New England Barn by Wikipedia
"Barns and Potato Houses", Acadian Culture in Maine, University of Maine at
Old Barns in Maine
Temperance Barn at Narramissic
Cow Barn at Alfred Shaker Community
Hathaway Barn - by WikipediA
Higgins Bar, Bar Harbor, Maine by Wikipedia
Page Farm and Home Museum
University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Maine Barns for
Granite Ridge Estate & Barn
Maine Wedding Barn & Event Center at Farview Farm
The Barn at Flanagan Farm
The Barn on Walnut Hill
North Yarmouth, Maine
The William Allen Farm
The Barn Journal
Barn and Cliff Swallows by Maine Department of
Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Books about Maine
Perkins, Don, The Barns of Maine: Our History,
Our Stories, The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2012. The book is
Videos on Maine Barns
1830s Temperance Barn, Bridgton. A 6 mins video about a barn being restored.
Shows an example of an "English Tying Joint".
Publications about Barn Repair & Restoration
Williams, Sarah Elizabeth, An Adaptive Reuse
and Restoration of a Maine Barn, University of Maine, 2012.
Pavia, Audrey, Preserving and Restoring
Historic Barns, Hobby Farms.com.
Organizations for Preservation of Maine Heritage
Maine Preservation. A non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and
protecting the architectural heritage of Maine.
Maine Historic Preservation Commission
National Organizations for Barn Preservation
National Trust for Historic Preservation - Barn Preservation
Preservation Trades Network
National Barn Alliance
Timber Framers Guild
Maine Firms that Repair or Restore Barns
Listing of Barn Wrights and Restorers by Maine Preservation
Barn Boys Jacking Company
Bridgton, Maine 04009
Barn Wright, Inc.
Harrison, Maine 04040
JF Heaney Co. Barn Restorations
Les Fossel's Restoration Resources
North Atlantic Timberframe
Preservation Timber Farming - Barn Repair & Restoration
The Heritage Company
Repair and Restoration
"Taking Care of Your Old Barn". Ten tips for
preserving and reusing Vermont's Historic Agricultural Buildings. University
"Recommendations for Appropriate Repairs to Historic Barns and Other
Agricultural Buidlings", By Richard Lazaras, New York State Barn Coalition,
posted on The Barn Journal.
Preservation of Historic Barns
Tax Credits for Barn Preservation. Description of
a federal income tax program.
Driving out Wooden Pegs. By Rudy R. Christian,
The Barn Journal.
"Preserving and Restoring Historic Barns", by Audrey Pavia, Hobby Farms.com.
Barn Builders in Maine
Connolly & Co.
Houses & Barns by John Libby
Maine Barn Company
10 Atlantic Hwy., Route 1, Edgecomb, Maine 04556
Maine Mountain Post & Beam
417 Portland Street, Fryeburg, Maine 04037
Rockport Post & Beam