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Barns of Maine

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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
Old Barn in Norway, Maine

New England Connected Farm

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.

New England Connected Farm - Norway, Maine
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 Fort Kent

The Barn Journal

Barn and Cliff Swallows by Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

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 Events

Granite Ridge Estate & Barn
Norway, Maine

Maine Wedding Barn & Event Center at Farview Farm
Minot, Maine

The Barn at Flanagan Farm
Buxton, Maine

The Barn on Walnut Hill
North Yarmouth, Maine

The William Allen Farm
Pownal, Maine

Books about Maine Barns

Perkins, Don, The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories, The History Press, Charleston, SC, 2012. The book is available at

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".

Papers and 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

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
(207) 647-8556

Barn Wright, Inc.
Harrison, Maine 04040
(207) 583-4289

JF Heaney Co. Barn Restorations
Midcoast Maine

Les Fossel's Restoration Resources
Alna, Maine

North Atlantic Timberframe
Cornish, Maine

Preservation Timber Farming - Barn Repair & Restoration
Berwick, Maine

The Heritage Company
Waterboro, Maine

Barn Preservation, Repair and Restoration

"Taking Care of Your Old Barn". Ten tips for preserving and reusing Vermont's Historic Agricultural Buildings. University of Vermont.

"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

Barn Builders in Maine

Connolly & Co.
Edgecomb, Maine

Houses & Barns by John Libby
Freeport, Maine

Maine Barn Company
10 Atlantic Hwy., Route 1, Edgecomb, Maine 04556

Maine Mountain Post & Beam
417 Portland Street, Fryeburg, Maine 04037

Rockport Post & Beam
Rockport, Maine

News Articles, Documents, and Publications about Barns in Maine

January 1, 2016."Basketball was once a rite of passage in Maine barns, potato houses", Bangor Daily News.

December 9, 2012."Barn praising". Portland Press Herald. By Tom Atwell. Story about the author of The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories".

March 28, 2005. "Saving Maine's rural heritage, one barn at a time", Bills would fund restoration grants.

June 17, 2002."Snowe presses for historic barn preservation funding". Bangor Daily News.


Painting at top of web page by Ruth Carlson Friberg of Oxford, Maine.


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