Books and Articles

See also the Barn Again! Bibliography, courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • Abrams. Mr. Bristol's Barn: With Excerpts from Mr. Blinn's Diary. 72 pp.

  • Ambrosiano, Nancy W. Complete Plans for Building Horse Barns Big & Small. 1997, 240 pp.

  • Atwell, Debby. Barn. Houghton Mifflin: NY. 1996, 30 pp. An illustrated book for children.

  • Babcock, Richard W. The Barns at Wolftrap. Babcock, 1982.

    Ed. note: Mr. Babcock is the legendary timber framer who constructed the Barns at Wolftrap Farm Park, Vienna, VA.

  • Babcock, Richard W. Barns Researched, Restored and Resurrected Using Ancient Raising Methods. 1998, 145 pp. Available from Richard Babcock, Hancock, MA. 01237.

  • Babcock, Richard W., Stevens, Lauren R. Old Barns in the New World, Reconstructing History.  Berkshire House Publishers: Lee, MA. 1996, 191 pp.

    Quote from the back cover: "In the annals of architectural restoration, the story of Richard Babcock is unique, just as are the barns he has saved from the bulldozer or decay."

  • Berg, Donald J. AIA. American Country Building Design. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.: NY. 1997, 160 pp.

    Ed. note: Chapter 6 "Barns, Carriage Houses & Outbuildings" offers sketches and plans for a number of attractive period barns.

  • Berg, Donald J. Barns and Backbuildings. 1998, 96 pp. Price $9.95. Publisher: Donald J. Berg, AIA, Box 698, Rockville Centre, NY 11571-0689,

    Ed. note: Contains drawings and plans of period and contemporary barns suitable for the urban farmer.

  • Bouland, Heber. Barns Across America. American Society of Agricultural Engineers: St. Joseph, MI. 1998, 144 pp.

    Ed note: Authoritative and easy to read; recommended.

  • Brunskill, R. W.Traditional Farm Buildings of Britain.

  • Caravan, Jill. American Barns, A Pictorial History. Todri Productions Limited: NY. 1995, 80 pp.

  • Cook, Olive. English cottages and Farmhouses.

  • Corbett-Winder, Kate. The Barn Book.

  • Crittendon, Bob Barn in the USA.Published by Fulcrum, Golden, CO. 104 pp.

    Editor's Review:

    It was February 2002 when I first met Bob Crittendon near his home at San Juan Capistrano, CA. We had been in email contact for a year on Bob’s book-in-process on historic barns of the American Far West. Bob, a Mississippi native and retired business executive, traced his passion for barns from a visit as a five-year old to his grandfather’s farm at Martin, TN. Recently Bob sent me the result of his vision and years of dedication to this retirement project.

    Barn in the U.S.A. is a gem! It is a red (naturally) softcover volume of 104 pages, half of which are high quality full page color photos by Bob’s collaborator Jim Youden and the balance Bob’s text on selected historic barns in eleven Western states. Too often this region of the country is understandably overshadowed by the trove of barns in the Midwest, Middle Atlantic and New England states; Bob’s book focuses and gives due credit to the vernacular architecture of the livestock and fruit operations of the West.

    No matter where you live, if you like barns and Americana, you will enjoy the photography and history of Barn in the U.S.A. Aside from the selected barns of the Far West, there is a useful section on barn types and features nationwide as well as current efforts to preserve this architectural heritage.

  • Endersby, Greenwood, Larkin. Barn. Houghton Mifflin: NY. 1992, 256 pp.

    Ed. note: The ultimate "coffee table" book; great photography.

  • Ensminger, Robert. The Pennsylvania Barn, Its Origin, Evolution, and Distribution in North America. The Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore. 1992, 238 pp.

  • Frydenlund, Bob & Kathy. The Original Round Barn Building Plan Book, (print or CD) 60 pp. Self Driving Tour of Round Barns in Northern & Western Wisconsin, (print or CD) 14 pp. Time Worn Shelters - "Round Barn Memories" (CD only)

    Each of these three titles is offered at $11.95 plus $1.75 shipping and handling. Contact Bob or Kathy at 715.426.3808,, or 1645 220th St., New Richmond, WI 54017.

  • Granstrom, Chris. "A Pastoral Preserve Faces the Future". Smithsonian Magazine, May 1998. Please contact your local library, or Shelburne Farm, Shelburne, VT 05482.

    Ed. note: An interesting story on The Great 1891 Barn at Shelburne. A belated find on the huge barns from the Gilded Age at Shelburne farm on Lake Champlain, VT.

  • Gray, Pam Whitney Americanization of the Family Barn. A collaboration with the late famed "Barn Consultant" of Ohio, Chuck Whitney. Seventy pages with photos in 4-color. Please refer to for pricing and shipping

  • Griswold, James W. A Guide to Medieval English Tithe Barns.  Peter E. Randall (Publisher), Portsmouth, NH. 1999, 85 pp.

  • Hagan and Hagan. The Farm, An American Living Portrait. 160 pp. Available from the authors at

  • Halsted, Bryan D., Editor. Barns Sheds & Outbuildings. Alan C. Hood & Company, Inc.: Chambersburg, PA. 1994, 236 pp.

  • Harker, Michael. P. Harker's Barns. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 52242. 2003, 89 pp.

    Ed. note: This book has 89 pages of superb black and white photographs of Iowa's disappearing barns taken over a three year period and 8000 miles of driving country roads. The accompanying text by a NW Iowa native and St. Olaf College professor provides the reader a good explanation of the barns while Mr. Harker describes the technical aspects of his work.

  • Hewett, Cecil. English Historic Carpentry.

  • Hubka, Thomas C. Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England. Hanover: University Press of New England, 1984.

  • Jackson, Jacqueline Dougan. Stories from the Round Barn. Northwestern University Press: Evanston, IL. 60208, 847.491.5315. 1997, 260 pp.

  • Jackson, Jacqueline Dougan. More Stories from The Round Barn. Northwestern University Press: Evanston, IL. 60208, 847.491.5315. August 2002. 287 pp. $29.95.

    Ed. note: More Stories from The Round Barn (see The Dougan Round Barn, our Featured Barn from January 1998) is Jackie Dougan Jackson's second book of reminiscences of growing up on a Beloit, WI dairy farm. Ms. Jackson develops the everyday occurrences of life into a fascinating story of three generations of the Dougan family and operating a retail dairy farm from the Round Barn.

  • Jenkins, David. Rock City Barns: A Passing Era. Silver Maple Press, Kensington, GA. 160 pp. $35 plus $4 shipping. Contact the publisher at 1.800.669.3051 or

    Ed. note: Rock City Barns: A Passing Era by David Jenkins is an excellent catalog of hundreds of barns that Jenkins found in a 35,000 mile / 15-state odyssey. In color photographs and accompanying text the author captures not only the spirit of the barns, but also the spirit of a by-gone era of two land highways and the folk culture of America. Highly recommended.

  • Keithan, Mary. Michigan's Heritage Barns. Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI 48823-5202. 1999, 144 pp.

    Ed. note: As an art student in NYC, Mary Keithan never imagined that one day she would drive the labyrinthine back roads of Michigan and take photographs of barns in 80 of Michigan's counties. The result is a superb "coffee table" heirloom book of duotone photos of the rural landscape's most endangered visual treasures, its aging, historic barns. Lots of round barns!

    Michigan's Heritage Barns is available at $39.95 plus shipping from MSU Press, 1405 S. Harrison Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823. 517.355.9543 or

  • Kirk, Malcolm. Silent Spaces, the Last of the Great Aisled Barns. Little Brown & Co: NY. 1994, 162 pp.

  • Kurchinski, Catherine Celli. Hurray for the Yoder Barn! See the full review.

  • Leffingwell, Randy, The American Barn. Motorbooks International Publishers & Wholesalers: Osceola, WI. 1997, 192 pp.

    Ed. note: The first chapter is of a June 1994 Amish barn raising in Holmes Ct., OH. at which your editor, Charles Leik, participated (I am standing on the right in the white shirt on p. 25). Randy recounts the fall of the young man pictured on p. 24 standing on the barn's peak. I also snapped a photo minutes later and immediately saw men running to the aid of a figure on the gound. When I developed the film I discovered the young man in free fall along with the ladder that he grabbed in a vain attempt to break his fall. A completely accidental shot that would've been a terrific conclusion to Randy's sequence!

  • Leik, Charles. Barn-Restoration Resources. Period Homes magazine, Autumn 2000, pg. 53.

    Ed. note: This is an article describing sources of barn-related information. It is the first part of a three-part report devoted to new and antique barns. This issue focusing on barns is a good resource, and it is highly recommended. For more information on Period Homes, visit or contact Period Homes, 69A Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217. You can find a reprint of the article here.

  • Lessiter, Frank. Centennial Farm. Lessiter Publications, Brookfield, WI. 1997. 368 pp. Contact or, or phone 262.782.4480.

  • McHenry County Self-Guided Barn Tour. 1997. Available from the McHenry County (IL) Historical Barn Preservation Association, 9313 Woodstock, IL 60098. Contact Ken Fiske at 815.338.7664 or $5.

    Ed. note: The Guide divides the County into four sections with maps to direct you on a driving tour of 120 fully described barns - a great weekend of rural exploration!

  • Noble, Allen and Cleek, Richard. The Old Barn Book, A Field Guide to North American Barns & Other Farm Structures. Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ. 1995, 222 pp.

  • Noble, Allen and Wilhelm, Hubert. Barns of the Midwest. Ohio University Press: Athens. 1995, 295 pp.

  • Perlman, Sumner E. Barns of Dennis Massachusetts. Sumner E. Perlman: 10 Tyler Rd. Lexington, MA 02420, or, 2002. 103 pp. $17.95.

    Ed. note: Barns of Dennis, Massachusetts is an attractive paperback with 43 color photographs, a helpful introductory text and locater map of the shingled and gable-door carriage barns of Cape Cod by summer resident, Sumner E. Perlman. This is a fine reference book for your next trip to the Cape.

  • Radojkovic, Jon. Barns of the Queen's Bush. Brucedale Press, Port Elgin, OT NOH 2CO, Canada. 2001. 143 pp. softcover, $35 Cdn funds.

    Ed. note: This is an instructive volume with explanatory text, and black and white photos of the majestic 19th century barns of Grey and Bruce Counties on Ontario's Georgian Bay. This is a good resource for those interested in construction details; very readable.

  • Ridley, Jo Ann. The Barn Book: About One Community’s Successful Volunteer Effort to Rescue, Restore and Reuse its Defining Historical Landmark. The Sea Ranch Foundation, Stewards Point, CA 95480, 1999, 69 pp. Contact for pricing.

  • Schiffer Publishing. Living Barns. See the full review.

  • Schumm-Burgess, Nancy. The Barns of Lake County. See the full review.

  • Sloane, Eric. An Age of Barns - An Illustrated Review of Classic Barn Styles and Construction. Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN 55082. 2001 (a classic book out of print for 20 years), 96 pp. Contact 800.888.9653,, or $16.95 plus handling.

  • Soike, Lowell. Without Right Angles, The Round Barns of Iowa. Penfield Press. 2nd Edition 1990, 104 pp.

  • Sommer, Robin Langley. The Old Barn Book. Barnes & Noble Books, NY. 1997, 144 pp.

  • Suttenfield, Diana. Elegy for Barns. Pavillion IV Books, P.O. Box 761, Shepherdstown, WV 25443-0832, or $17 plus $2.50 handling.

    Ed. note: Jefferson County, WV resident and artist Diana Suttenfield has issued Elegy for Barns, a limited edition paperback with 18 pastels of barns in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. See how Ms. Suttenfield has interpreted such impressions as, "The starkness of a white barn in a snow covered cornfield; the brilliance of a spring green meadow with a red barn; early morning light transforming a brown barn into pink" into art.

  • Taking Care of Your Old Barn. Available from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Drawer 33, Montpelier, 05633-1201 or at

    Ed. note:  Has useful information on preserving and reusing historical agricultural buildings.

  • Visser, Thomas Durant. Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings. University Press of New England. 1997, 206 pp. See for more information.

  • Wagner, John D. Building a Multi-Use Barn. Williamson Publishing Company: Charlotte, VT. 1994, 221 pp.

  • Warrick, Harley E. The Barn Painter. Ciderpress Books: Cincinnati. 2004, 113 pp.

    Editor's Review:

    The ultimate Mail Pouch book. Harley Warrick will always be identified as "The Mail Pouch Painter" as he did an estimated 20,000 of these using barns as his canvas over a 50-year career.

    Harley prepared much of the book’s material before his sudden death in 2000. Drawing on these notes and numerous color photos son Roger and daughter Lena Williams have completed a readable fascinating story on man who created these icons of Americana. As Harry’s son Roger would put it, "Read the book and "Treat Yourself to the Best!""

  • Welsch, Roger. This Old Barn, A Treasury of Family Farm Memories. Voyageur Press, Stillwater, MN 55082. 2002. 144 pp. hardcover, $29.95.

    Ed note: This is a "coffee table" quality book of almost 150 pages of beautiful photography for those that grew up on a farm, or wished they had — a gift for anyone that loves Americana. Visit for more information.

  • Wilkinson, Christina. Bicentennial Barns of Ohio. Rosewood Press ( Mentor, OH 44061-1532. 2003, 341 pp.

    Editor's Review:

    It was spring 2002 that journalist Christina Wilkinson interviewed the owners of the barn that was selected as the Lake County Ohio Bicentennial Barn. Christina, living near Cleveland, describes herself as a city girl with a love for old buildings and was fascinated by the sturdy honest construction of the Lake County barn.

    Several months later Christina decided to author a book on the individual stories of each Bicentennial Barn and its owners in all 88 of Ohio’s counties. She was overwhelmed by the hospitality of the owners and their stories that she relates alongside the color photos of each Bicentennial Barn.

    This unique method of promoting Ohio’s 2003 Bicentennial began in 1998 when 22-year old artist Scott Hagan painted freehand twelve barns with a 20’ x 20’ logo commemorating Ohio’s 200-years of statehood. By 2000 the project had the public’s attention and Scott had become a minor celebrity with an audience of "barn groupies" at each painting. It was legendary Mail Pouch barn painter Harley Warrick who provided Scott guidance and advice before his death in November 2000.

    The 341 pages of Bicentennial Barns of Ohio will entertain readers interested in America’s vernacular architecture, its rural life and the reminiscences of the people that populate the small towns and countryside of Ohio. The book is available in soft cover for $19.96 at

  • Wilson, David Stark. Structures of Utility. Holiday Books, Berkeley, CA,, 2003.

    Editor's Review:

    Structures of Utility is a large volume of the coffee table genre of superb photography of structures, predominantly agricultural and mining, in California's great Central Valley and the adjoining Mother Lode country.

    The author and photographer David Stark Wilson is a building designer whose interest in architecture, photography and love of his native California converges to produce a photographic record that features structures, often derelict, against a background of long vistas and the western sky. In Structures Wilson captures commonplace utilitarian structures in subtle tones of black and white photography.

    This reviewer hopes that Mr. Wilson will focus his recognized skills on rural buildings, especially period barns, in other sections of the United States. This type of work is very useful to The Barn Journal's goal of increasing "the appreciation and preservation of traditional farm architecture".

    Mr. Wilson's bio, building design work and selected photographs from Structures can be seen at

  • Wysocky, Ken, ed. This Old Barn. Reiman Publications: Greenvale, WI. 1997, 194 pp. 1.800.558.1013

  • Zelner, Emily, Editor. Barns. Michael Friedman, NY, 212.685.6610, 1999. Introduction by Charles Leik. listing.

  • Ziegler. Storehouses of Time, Historic Barns of the Northeast. Down East Books: Camden, ME. 131 pp.

Magazines and Newsletters

  • Michigan Barn Preservation Network, Quarterly Newsletter
    P.O. Box 614, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0614

  • Iowa Barn Foundation Magazine, Biannual
    J. Schmeal, or Ann Harvey, 2002 Cessna, Ames, IA 50014


  • The Barn from the Past
    The Newark Valley Historical Society, Box 222, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 70 minute video. $30 plus $2.50 for handling ($25 of proceeds earmarked for barn reconstruction).

    Ed. note: The tape covers the Herrick Barn Project Disassembly Phase and is recommended for the timber framer, barn historian, or an organization contemplating this type of project.

  • Barn Again!: Celebrating the Restoration of Historic Farm Buildings
    Available from GPN, P.O. Box 80669, Lincoln, NE, 68501. 402.472.3611.

  • The Barn Builders: Pennsylvania Settlers in Ohio
    Available from Hubert Wilhelm, Dept. of Geography, Porter Hall, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701. (614) 593-1148.

  • Barns: Legacy of Wood & Stone
    A one-hour video hosted by Caro Thompson from VT Public Television that explains the resurgence of interest in preserving these historic structures, shows a raising and conveys the legacy left by the master builders of another time. Available at 1.800.866.1666.

  • Bringing Back a B.A.R.N.
    Genoa Historical Association, Box 316, King Ferry, NY 13081, 1995. $9.95.

    Ed. note: Community volunteers restore a 200-year old English threshing barn.

  • The Dream of Louis Broomfield
    30 minutes. Available from Malabar Farm State Park, Lucas, OH. 419.892.2784 or

    Ed. note: Contains photos of the 1994 traditional post and beam barn raising that replaced the historic barn that burned in 1993.

  • Pennsylvania Barns: A Detective Story
    Available as a video or DVD drawing on 13 years of Frank Heath's barn photography. The video/DVD is oriented "somewhere between those who know lots about barns and those who don't but would like to learn." Available from Frank Heath, 1206 Florida Avenue, Natrona Heights, PA 15065 or for $20 plus $2.50 handling.

  • The Raising of the Herrick Barn
    The Newark Valley Historical Society, Box 222, Newark Valley, NY 13811. 74 minute video. $30 plus $5 for handling.

    Ed. note: This video was filmed in Newark Valley, NY on June 12-13, 1999 when a circa 1825 English threshing barn was erected using pike poles, rope, blocks, hand-lifting and teamwork.

  • This Old Barn: A Historical Perspective
    Available from the McHenry County (IL) Historical Barn Preservation Association, 9313 Woodstock, IL 60098. Contact Ken Fiske at 815.338.7664 or $10.

    Ed. note: A color video of McHenry County (IL) Barns. The video is instructive on construction types, dairy operations, home conversions, etc.

  • Timber Frame: Barn Raising 1929: Dramatic Archival Footage, A Tradition Remembered
    Available from Lofty Branch Book Store, 3 Kent Drive, Victor, New York, 14564. (716) 924-7831.

  • A 2005 professionally done DVD on Wisconsin's barns is available from
    Kovia Productions, Lake Geneva, WI.

    Contact Tom Laughlin at 262.248.9650,, or

Barn Art

  • Bill Kuchler of Long Island, NY offers watercolor paintings and prints of New England and Middle Atlantic Barns. Please visit for complete details and a gallery of work or contact the artist at

  • Bonnie Mohr is an acclaimed rural American artist from Glencoe, MN, who paints period barns, dairy cattle and rural landscapes. Visit to view and purchase prints of her work. (In particular, click on "Gallery", then "Cows" under "Fine Art Prints.)

  • Elegy for Barns is a small book of 18-pastel paintings of barns located near Shepherdstown in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle, by Diana Suttenfield. See the listing in the Books and Articles section.

  • From Something Old Company is offering Richard Newman Americana prints on handmade paper: barns, mills, Mail Pouch barns, and other rural subjects.  Visit or contact

  • Ralph Jurries is a Connecticut-based artist who concentrates on Americana, in particular, period barns. See his work at

  • Joseph Kayne, of Deerfield, IL, photographs the North American landscape and in particular Midwest barns. Please visit Gallery 7 of

  • Derek McCrea, watercolor artist. See his work, in particular the barn galleries.

  • The McHenry County Barn Poster, a colorful 20" x 26" poster featuring 19 County barns, suitable for framing. Available from the McHenry County (IL) Historical Barn Preservation Association, 9313 Woodstock, IL 60098. Price is $10 (includes shipping / handling): send checks to Dean Rowe, 8313 Stewart Road, Hebron, IL 60034. For more information, contact

  • Midwest Expressions, from Tom & Barbara Crozier of Middleton, WI, offers barn theme photography and prints. Please visit for information.

  • Jerry Philipson, a professional photographer from Edmonton, Alberta, specializes in Western Canada scenes. Go to and click on "Buildings" in the Table of Contents.

  • Photographer's Art Gallery, with prints of antique barns in Idaho, Utah, Oregon and Washington. Contact or visit

  • Theresa Reiter Watercolors features watercolors of Mail Pouch barns as well as Mail Pouch barn history at

  • Remember the Family Farm: 150 Years of American Prints has photos of numerous prints from the 20th century at

  • Renick Stevenson of Merrill, MI is Battle Creek's Artist-in-Residence, an extension of a W.K. Kellogg Foundation program, and muralist for barns and other buildings. For more information, mail to 60 Calhoun St., Battle Creek, MI 49017 or call 989.529.3965 or email

  • Scott Hagan, Jerusalem, OH 43747, the well known OH Bicentennial Barn Logo painter is available for commissions throughout OH and adjoining states. 740.926.2445 or

  • Michael Preston, offers high quality photography of barns in his Gallery One in addition to Galleries on other rural subjects including covered bridges,

  • Dennis Hamlin, Colorado photographer Dennis Hamlin specializes in documenting the barns
    and ghost towns of the Great Plains.
    See a Sample of his work or visit his web site,

  • Michele Pope Melina, has photographed, painted, studied and admired barns and farms
    during a 40-year art career. Ms. Melina will have a solo exhibition of over 30 Minnesota
    barns from August-October 2008 at the Reedy Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
    Please visit

  • Linda Marciconda, is a NJ landscape artist who has a passion to paint, record
    and raise awareness to the plight of our historic barns. For examples of Ms. Mariconda's art,
    Please contact her at

  • Gwen Gutwein, Ft. Wayne, IN a noted barn artist is offering a 2010 calendar of Indiana's historic barns.
    Please visit or visit her at 260.484.1282 or

  • Michael Dowd, Wayne County, OH specializes in barn photography.
    Please visit or view photography as well as a review on regional barn-types.

  • Lyle Canterbury, Edinburgh, IN. The majority of my work is captured while driving country roads, through the old towns and cities of the midwest. Please visit