Barn Preservation Talk, Advice and Techniques


At Counting House Museum

Barn Preservation Talk Offers Advice and Techniques


South Berwick, Maine- On Thursday, March 12 th at 7pm, John Porter from UNH and Arron Sturgis from Preservation Timber Framing will co-host a talk about barn preservation techniques at the Counting House Museum at 2 Liberty Street in South Berwick.


Barns are an important part of New England’s historical identity and in Porter’s recently released second edition of his book, Preserving Old Barns, he uses knowledge from his own experience as well as includes details from other experts in fields such as barn restoration. Porter presents the reader with an invaluable resource on barn design, use, maintenance and restoration. This talk will offer guests the chance to ask Porter and Sturgis questions about barn preservation concerns. Guests are encouraged to bring pictures of their barn.


Preserving Old Barns is a resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. The illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.


Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.


The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June - October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-4pm. More information is available at