Our Accomplishments

What We are Continually Working on:

  • Completed the Beech Glen, Laurel, Spring Creek, Walnut, Mars Hill and South Marshall townships for archival information and self-guided driving tour brochures
  • Continued research of the most historically and architecturally significant barns throughout the whole County for upcoming brochures
  • Focused on the next township for its archival information and a self-guided driving tour

Grants Received:

  • Continued our documentation of the barns with help from a $10,000 grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation (received in November 2013)
  • Completed a searchable database of the information collected with help from a $5,000 grant from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation (received in November 2014)
  • Continued documentation of the next township with help from a $7,000 grant from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Foundation (received March 2015)
  • Continued documentation of the next township with help from a $6,000 grant from the Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (received July 2016)
  • Continued documentation of the next township with help from a $5,000 grant from the Richard J. Reynolds, III and Marie M Reynolds Foundation (received October 2017)
  • Continued documentation of the next township with help from a $8,000 grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority (received October 2018)

Our Goals

  • Finding barns and their owners to record the history of the use
  • Applying for grants to help in this process
  • Raising money for the matching funds for grants
  • Creating a website with the information accessible to all
  • Generating self-guided driving barn tours as visitors and residents alike learn more about Madison County’s rich agricultural traditions
  • Working toward establishing a Heritage Farmstead showcasing barns and barn building history

Current Projects

  • Historic Barn Series in the local newspaper The News Record and Sentinel with stories about historic barns in our first few years and restarted in 2018. A feature in Plough to Pantry magazine and online magazine in the 2016 issues
  • Annual Fall county-wide Historic Barn Photo Contest open to all ages from 2012 through 2017. Now an integral component of the County Fair’s Photography category
  • Information Booths at events throughout the year: Bluff Mountain Festival in June and at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival in October
  • Fundraising Concerts: 2012 with Josh Goforth and Laura Boosinger; 2013 with Balsam Range at the Arts Center; 2014 with Joe Penland and Laura Boosinger; 2015 with Susi Gott & Marty Lewis plus Matthew Curry & the Carolina Two; 2016 and 2017 with Brian Gurl; 2018 with Susi Gott & Marty & Donny Lewis
  • Annual Barn Day with Researcher-led barn tours, dinner and silent auction. First Annual Barn Day was held in 2014
  • Annual Farm to Table Dinner at the Farmers’ Hands in Mars Hill. First one was held in 2016.