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Resources: Rhode Island's Historic Barns

borders farm barn
Farmer Charles Borders outside the former carriage barn that his family converted to a dairy barn. Borders Farm is maintained by Borders Farm Preservation Inc. in Foster.

Rhode Island's historic barns are important but endangered resources. Built for farming families and businesses, barns tell the history of agriculture, land development, foodways, technology, and architecture in our state. This webpage will showcase examples of barn restoration projects and provide resources for those interested in preserving or visiting Rhode Island's historic barns.

National Register of Historic Places
Listing a property on the National Register provides information about its development and history, makes incentives available for its preservation, and protects community character.

Rhode Island National Register Search
Is that farm or barn historic? Search our database of properties listed on the National Register. Here's a tip: select "agricultural field," "agricultural outbuilding," "agriculture/subsistence," or "animal facility" in the Historic Function field.

Preservation incentives
Tax credits, loans, and easements provide financial assistance to the owner of a historic property.

Agricultural resources
Rhode Island agriculture and land preservation links.

Barn links
Links to online publications, programs and other information pertaining to historic barns.

Barn and farm books
Books and publications related to the history and preservation of barns.

Visit RI Farms and Barns
Barns and farm properties open to the public and owned/operated by non-profits, municipalities, and the State of Rhode Island.