Barn Month 2016

Join in the many events scheduled throughout the month of May 2016 to celebrate Barn Month here in Madison County surrounding the premiere Barn Day event on Saturday, May 21st. Madison County has more than 10,000 barns and was the largest producer of burley tobacco in North Carolina in the mid 20th century. Many of those tobacco barns and other general purpose barns from 100 years ago still stand. Agriculture has been a way of life since the first settler arrived and shapes the culture and the scenery and so, the Appalachian Barn Alliance has partnered with others in the county to celebrate that heritage during the month.

Opening Reception on Friday, May 6 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm:  “THE BARNS OF MADISON COUNTY” EXHIBIT
Location: Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main Street, Marshall (828 649-1301)
Both amateur and professional photographers and artists have been invited to display and sell their images of barns. Enjoy this FREE reception and talk with the artists about their work and celebrate the barns of our county.

May 6 – May 30:  “THE BARNS OF MADISON COUNTY” EXHIBIT
Location: Madison County Arts Center, 90 S. Main Street, Marshall (828 649-1301) Open Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm
Drop by the Arts Center in downtown Marshall all month long to see the exhibit and have the opportunity to own one of the pieces to take home. Both amateur and professional photographers and artists have been invited to display and sell their images of barns.

Saturday, May 7 10am to 2pm:  OPEN HOUSE AT ROOT BOTTOM FARM
Location: Root Bottom Farm, 1201 East Fork Road, Marshalll (828 689-8665 )
Spend some time at the farmstead where Sarah & Morgan Decker grow root vegetables. In addition to growing 13 varieties of garlic, they also grow perennial crops, fruit, five types of berries, 24 types of vegetables and over 200 varieties of flowers The old tobacco barn where garlic instead of tobacco now hangs serves as the backdrop for their Summer Farm to Table Dinner Series held there.. Enjoy a drive through the rural roads on your way to the farm to this FREE event. Information at http://www.rootbottomfarm.com or email rootbottom@gmail.com

Saturday, May 21 2:30pm to 7:30pm:  BARN TOUR DAY LINK

Thursday, May 26 6:30 to 7:30pm: “PROTECT YOUR OLD PHOTOS” WORKSHOP
Location: Madison County Library in Marshall, 1335 N. Main Street, Marshall (828 649-3741)
Learn how to take care of and store those important photos of your ancestors. Using a “Trunk of Troubles” the archivist from the western office of the State Department of Cultural Resources will share basic care, handling, and storage instructions and give examples of how you can better preserve your family documents and photographs. Save a spot for this workshop full of valuable information by making a reservation by calling Sandy Stevenson of the Appalachian Barn Alliance at 838 380-9146. Payment of the $10 can be made on the day of the workshop.