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Barn Preservation Workshops At Prescott Farm: Gain Practical Information and Inspiration

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center will be presenting barn preservation workshops this month and in July as a part of the enhanced programming the Alliance is offering with its 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative. Prescott Farm has started a major barn preservation project of its two late 19th century barns this spring, making necessary repairs and modifications to provide much-needed program space. 


Does your barn, or another you love, need work? Want to learn more about barn history and features? Join us for one or both of these informative workshops to help you find answers and move forward with your project. The workshops will offer participants a great opportunity to be on the job site of an active barn project and be involved in a detailed discussion of the repairs, and barn preservation strategies and stewardship, with barn experts.

During the May 13 workshop, "Repair and Restoration of Stone Foundations and Stone Walls," barn specialist Ian Blackman of Blackman Restoration and Preservation will discuss the dry-laid stone foundation restoration, drainage improvements, and cribbing techniques of this barn project with master stone mason Kevin Fife, Twin Elms Landscape. After a 30 minute break for lunch, Fife will discuss the history and preservation of New England stone walls.

At the July 15 workshop, "Step-by-Step Profile: 1882 Timber Frame Restoration at Prescott Farm," Blackman will discuss framing styles, joinery, and wood selection for replacement timbers, while demonstrating the repair and restoration of the 1882 frame. Blackman will be repairing sills, sections of first floor framing, and some posts during the project. The workshop will be followed by a discussion of timber framing tools and their sharpening for those interested.

Participants are encouraged to bring photos of their own barns for discussion at the end of each program. Lunch not included, but feel free to bring a picnic to eat at the farm after the programs. 

Registration is required for these workshops because of space limitations.  Preservation Alliance or Prescott Farm members - $20; non-members - $25. 

Register online at or call 603-224-2281.

In 2017, the Alliance's 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative has a goal of helping at least 52 barn owners across the state with assessment grants, assistance in securing tax relief, and educational workshops to help save their historic barns. Throughout the year, barns and their owners will be showcased by the Preservation Alliance to celebrate good work and offer practical information and inspiration to others. To learn more about the 52 Barns in 52 Weeks initiative, go to

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places which strengthens communities and local economies. 

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Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing environmental education and encouraging preservation of our natural resources. 

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Event: Barn Preservation Workshops At Prescott Farm: Gain Practical Information and Inspiration

Date: Saturday, May 13, July 15, 9am - 12noon 

Location: Prescott Farm, 928 White Oaks Road, Laconia, NH

Registration for one workshop: Member (Preservation Alliance or Prescott Farm) $20; Non-members $25. 

Registration required; or 603-224-2281.   

All workshops take place rain or shine.

Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in partnership with Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center