Make Sure To Mark Your Calendars! July 19th, 2012
Barns are the reason the agricultural productivity of south-central Pennsylvania grew, flourished and became the basis of every form of industry in south-central PA. In addition to establishing the region’s economy, these houses of labor are part of our cultural heritage. Pennsylvania has 182 farms and barns listed on the National Register of Historic Properties. In addition, Pennsylvania has 1,900 farms in the Century Farm Program and 117 farms in the Bicentennial Farm Program, which recognize Pennsylvania families who have been farming the same land for 100 and 200 years, respectively. Both programs are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Dianna Heim, author of the Cumberland Valley Barns: Past and Present, and Phil Schaff, local barn photographer and researcher, will talk about area barns, how development has impacted the farms on which they stand, a state wide barn survey, their 18th and 19th century ‘green’ heating and cooling methods and their remaining numbers.