A Little Background about our Project

The Southern Appalachian style barn is an iconic symbol of the ingenuity of those hard-working landowners who carved out their existence in this rugged landscape.   Our Mission: to preserve the rural heritage of Madison County and surrounding areas through the documentation of the historical barn building traditions and the barns they represent for future generations.

Madison County, North Carolina, (just north of Asheville) has a rich agricultural history. The county’s place in the production of burley tobacco is well known, but there are other ways to explore and record our agricultural & cultural history. One of the most interesting ways to do this is to tell the stories of the barns and outbuildings scattered throughout the county. Learn more about the beginning of our organization and the people who are working to save this history.

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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, November 3 through December 31: “Saints of Paint — Unearthed” Exhibit at the Mars Landing Galleries, 37 Library Street in Mars Hill. Percentage of sales of art will benefit the ABA. Click for Details.

Wednesday, November 16 from 10am to 11am: Our ABA Annual Thank You to our friends. This year we will be at Mars Landing Galleries, 37 Library Street in Mars Hill. Coffee, pastries, and fruit. You will have the opportunity to browse the gallery which includes the continuation of ” The Saints of Paint– Unearthed” Exhibit. A very brief presentation about our 2022 successes and 2023 plans will be at 10:30am. All are welcome to drop by. No RSVP needed.

Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 8pm: ” The Saints of Paint– Unearthed” Exhibit continues during Mars Hill First Friday at the Mars Landing Galleries. Percentage of the sale of their art will benefit the ABA. Exhibit and sales percentages continues through December 31. Details HERE.


Listen to radio interviews about our organization and barn history (below)

Download to listen to Part #1 of an interview (from wART streaming radio) with Taylor Barnhill about Historic Barns
Download to listen to Part #2 of an interview (from wART streaming radio) with Taylor Barnhill about the Tobacco Barns

How You Can Help

  • Join our efforts. Email us at info@appalachianbarns.org or call (828) 380-9146
  • Provide us with information about your historic barn in Madison County. Email info@appalachianbarns.org or call (828) 380-9146
  • Become a member. The donation levels are $20 for Individual, $30 for Family, $50 for Friend, $100 for Patron (or Business Supporter), $200 for Benefactor, $500 for Super Supporter (free barn tour for 2), and $1000 for President’s Circle (free barn tour for 8). Mail your check with your address and email information to ABA, PO Box 1441, Mars Hill, NC 28754 or use the DONATE BOX at the top of this page. Or just make a contribution to the Appalachian Barn Alliance
  • Donate your vehicle, motorcycle, or boat and the ABA will receive 70% of what it receives when sold by careasy.org (a non-profit that will handle all the towing, sale, and tax information). The link will take you directly to a page to donate that vehicle to the ABA.


If you have an old vehicle, motorcycle, or boat that you are looking to get rid of, consider donating it to benefit the Appalachian Barn Alliance. It is a very simple process and Car Easy (a non-profit) will handle towing it away, selling it and providing the tax documentation for you. AND, the ABA receives 70% after their costs. Link here and Thanks!!

Cutting Boards, Cheese Boards & Appalachian Butter Knives made from Tobacco Sticks FOR SALE