If you own or aspire to acquire an old barn, or if you work with farmers or are concerned about preserving Indiana’s rural heritage, you’ll gain lots of useful information at the BARN AGAIN! Workshop & Tour on October 6 in Putnam County, Indiana. The workshop will offer practical solutions from experts on how to maintain, rehabilitate, and adapt old barns for today’s needs.
You’ll learn about basic barn styles and types prevalent in Indiana and financial incentives and technical assistance available to barn owners. Barn expert Rick Collins of Trillium Dell Timberworks will cover the basics of timber frame construction and how it affects barn rehabilitation and reuse. After lunch (included in the cost of the event), you’ll take an afternoon tour with rehab experts visiting three historic Putnam County barns—a vacant 19th-century three-portal barn in need of a new use, an early 20th-century dairy barn converted to a sawmill operation, and an early 20th-century gambrel-roof barn that remains in agricultural use.
Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for check-in, with first session beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch takes place at the museum at 12:15 p.m., followed by the tour from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Note: There is uneven ground to reach historic barns on the tour, which are not accessible for those with mobility issues.
The ticket price includes workshop sessions, handouts, lunch and tour. Buy your ticket in advance by clicking the link below or by calling 800-450-4534. Tickets must be purchased by noon on October 2.