Francestown program, tour focus on history found in NH barns
By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent | July 22. 2013 4:23PM
More than 100 years of barn history will be covered in Saturday's program and tour in Francestown. (COURTESY)
In Francestown, six historic barns that have been preserved offer a timeline of life in the Granite State, and this weekend they'll be open to the public as part of a special tour.
"John will show the progression of barn architecture through the centuries in New Hampshire," said Beverly Thomas, program associate at the Preservation Alliance and coordinator of the tour. "These timber-frame structures help tell the story of the region's diverse agricultural history from subsistence farming of the 18th century, through the sheep boom, to the late 19th century when dairy became the major New Hampshire industry."
The self-guided tour, which begins at noon, takes participants to different examples of barns, the oldest dating back to the late 1700s, and the newest from the 19th century. Some of the barns are still being used for agriculture including one where the sixth generation of family farmers is hard at work today.
"The barn owners are just so proud of these places," she said. "They don't see themselves as owners of the buildings, but rather the stewards who are charged with preserving these barns for the next generation."