Ordering Information

$29.95, 8.5 x 11, softcover, 160 pages, full color images, bibliography
ISBN: 978-1-942155-24-9
To order copies contact Pathway Book Service at 1-800-345-6665.

Silver Medal, Reference, IBPA’s 32nd Annual 2020 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards!

Bronze Medal, Reference, 2020 Independent Publisher “IPPY” Book Awards!

Nominated for 2021 NH Literary Awards/Reader’s Choice. Category: Non-fiction

Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource

by John C. Porter
With photography by Lowell H. Fewster

Readers’ Comments

“Barns tell an important story about the history of agriculture in the Granite State. My heart is lifted each time I see one that is being renovated.”

—Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, former owner of a poultry farm in Hudson, N.H.

“John Porter is surely the most recognized scholar of farm buildings in the Northeast and he shares his wealth of knowledge on the construction, usage, and now, the protection and re-purposing of these vital resources.”

—Steve Taylor, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, agricultural historian, dairy farmer in Meriden, N.H.

“This updated and expanded new edition of Preserving Old Barns will inspire and inform old barn fans everywhere. The popular first edition spurred property owners and communities to rehabilitate and care for these architectural wonders —treasured icons of our heritage and working landscape.”

—Lorraine Merrill, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, writer, and co-owner of a dairy farm in Stratham, N.H.

“A must-read reference book for barn owners and barn lovers.”

—Stephen Bedard, Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Gilmanton, N.H.


Preserving Old Barns is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. This illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from author John Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Arron Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

About the Author

Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.