MONTPELIER (AP) - Twenty historic agricultural buildings in Vermont ranging from an English barn built in 1780 to an 1840 sugarhouse are getting grants to help restore and maintain them.
Officials at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation announced last week that they were awarding matching grants totaling $282,786.
More than 35 applications were considered for the state-funded Barn Preservation Grant program.
"Because this is a matching grant program, we believe the commitment the grant recipients demonstrate to preserving our state's historic agricultural resources for current and future generations deserves recognition and applause," said Laura V. Trieschmann, Vermont state historic preservation officer.
Housing and Community Development Commissioner Noelle MacKay said that Vermont's rural landscape is defined by its many historic agricultural buildings.
"Whether active farms or adaptively used for recreation and tourism, these buildings are an important piece of the current and future economic vitality of our state," she said.
Among the funded projects is the first phase of a structural stabilization of an English barn at Waterman Hill Farm in Norwich; roof, foundation and other repairs to an 1894 dairy barn at McDonald Farm in Danville; and repairs to a corn crib - a structure once used to dry and store corn - at Hall Farm in North Bennington.
Since the program was started in 1992, it has awarded nearly $2.4 million to help preserve more than 300 historic agricultural structures. Buildings must be listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the National Register of Historic Places to qualify for the funding.
Barn Preservation Grant program: accd.vermont.gov/strong_communities/preservation/grants/barn