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Have Fun and Learn From the Experts at the Old House & Barn Expo


Manchester, NH -- Have fun and learn from the experts at the Old House & Barn Expo that helps old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with innovative and affordable solutions. The expo will be held March 12-13, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester.

Create your own show “itinerary” and explore garden, architecture, history and preservation strategies through hourly lectures, more than 60 exhibitors and many traditional arts demonstrators. Bring photos of a project to share as you get advice in an “Old House and Barn Doctor” session. Children -- and adults -- will enjoy an Expo scavenger hunt as well as opportunities to observe and try building crafts.

With admission, attendees can enjoy presentations by nationally-recognized speakers including:

  • James Garvin, architectural historian and author of A Building History of Northern New England
  • Gordon Hayward, garden designer and long-time writer for Horticulture Magazine
  • Howard Mansfield, author of The Same Axe, Twice, Dwelling in Possibility and In the Memory House, previewing his newest book Sheds: Unexpected Lessons from Ordinary Shelter
  • Richard Nylander, Curator Emeritus Historic New England, well-known authority on historic wallpapers

“The event is helpful to homeowners whose house dates from 1750 to 1950, those who want to add old traditions to their new house, and people who just love old building crafts and traditions,” said Beverly Thomas, program director at the Preservation Alliance. Lecture and demonstration topics include an exploration of architectural features of old homes, old house and barn problems and solutions, energy efficiency measures, tips for healthy homes, paint color and garden information, plaster repair and advice on masonry issues, stone wall building and timber framing. The show is held at the Radisson/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH.

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Cost: $10 for adults; $7 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the show's presenter, is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. For more info call 603-224-2281 or

Event sponsors to date include Bedard Preservation & Restoration, Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation, First Period Colonial Preservation and Restoration, the N.H. State Council on the Arts, N.H. Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, First Period Colonial, Vintage Kitchens, Ahlgren and Son Builders, Arnold M. Graton Associates, Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC, Innerglass Window Systems, Preservation Timber Framing, ReVision Energy, Rumford Stone, Swenson Granite Works, Antique Homes Magazine, Louis Karno & Company, N.H. Home, N.H. Public Television and WMUR-TV.

Organizational partners include AIA-NH, National Trust for Historic Preservation, NH Division of Historical Resources, NH Historical Society, Manchester Historic Association, NH State Grange, Historic New England and the Timber Framers Guild.



Additional exhibitors include Erickson's Antique Stoves, Erie Landmark, Historic and Distinctive Properties, Historic New England, and Iron Horse Roofing, MB Historic Décor, Ould Colony Artisans, Standfast Forge, Ward Clapboard Mill as well as many experienced contractors, weatherization experts, and architectural and old house booksellers.


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