us at Windsor Historical Society on
Tuesday, September 29th
at 7 p.m. as barns expert John Porter takes us on a
chronological walk through time in his presentation The History
of Agriculture as Told by Barns. For almost three hundred
years, barns were an essential part of most home lots and
efficiently housed animals and feed, vehicles, and farm equipment.
Porter’s presentation will show how (and why) New England’s barns
evolved from the early English style to Yankee style, then to
gambrel and later pole-roofed barns to accommodate changes in
agricultural methods and equipment.
John Porter was
raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He graduated from
the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal
Science, then went on to get a Master’s Degree from Cornell
University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management. He has served
as a Dairy Specialist for the University of New Hampshire’s
Cooperative Extension and operates Farm Planning Services, LLC which
advises on animal nutrition, farmstead planning and labor
management. In 2001, he co-authored the book Preserving Old
Barns. His lecture should appeal to anyone with interests in
agriculture, architecture, landscapes, preservation, and history.
Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students,
and $4 for WHS members. Refreshments will be served after the
will be complimented by Windsor photographer Lowell Fewster’s
exhibition Windsor Barn Stories which may be viewed on the
walls of the Society’s meeting room. A beautiful 2010 calendar
featuring Fewster’s Windsor barn photographs is available for
purchase at $10.99.