Appalachian Barn Alliance Story


The ABA is registered to solicit donations in the state of NC. “Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 888‐830‐4989. The license is not an endorsement by the State”. Contact us for information about other states.

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.


  • RE-INVENTED SCHEDULED GUIDED BARN TOURS: The first Friday of each month from August through December from 9am to Noon in the Mars Hill area. You drive your own car safely, socially-distanced from the tour guide. 3 hour-length for $45. Just call 828 380-9146 for a reservation or email
  • ANNUAL BARN DAY & PARTY Saturday, September 11 has been postponed until 2022..
  • THE BASCOM LAMAR LUNSFORD FESTIVAL Saturday, October 2 has been postponed until 2022. The drawing for a handmade quilt will take place at 3pm that day at the Madison County Visitor Center at 56 S. Main St in Mars Hill. Come by to watch the drawing. Or stop by from 1pm to 2:45pm on that day to purchase raffle tickets if you haven’t had the opportunity to do so.
  • PASTORAL PALETTE BENEFIT ART GALA & SALE Friday, October 15 has been postponed until 2022.

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.

From the time when in 2012 the Appalachian Barn Alliance was just the beginning of an idea put forth by Ross Young (Director of the Madison County Cooperative Extension) until the ABA was well established, we are often asked “What does the Barn Alliance do?” For an overview of the history of the Appalachian style barns and what the ABA is doing to document them, please view the 25-minute presentation via Zoom by the ABA researcher/ historian Taylor Barnhill in 2020. You can also listen to his two part radio interviews below. Welcome to the world of barn lovers!

Listen to Part #1 of an interview (from wART streaming radio) with Taylor Barnhill about Historic Barns

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 or call (828) 380-9146
  • Provide us with information about your historic barn in Madison County. Email 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 (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 & Napkin Rings & Appalachian Butter Knives made from Tobacco Sticks FOR SALE