Barn Preservation Resources

One of the most frequently asked questions is – Where can I get money to fix my barn? Unfortunately, few barn organizations have the resources or desire, frankly, to make substantial private grants, and there are a limited number of state-supported grant programs. A serious challenge for barn owners, sad to say, is that many insurance companies do not see the merit in saving a heritage barn when they claim that a pole building is better. Yet another problem is barn contractors who grossly overprice a job as a whole, rather than working with a barn owner to break the project down into parts, tackling the most critically needed first, and providing advice if the barn owner can undertake some repairs on his/her own to save money.

If you are planning to make repairs to your barn (thank you) several contractors can be found online or by asking others who have had their barns repaired. Many repairs can be done on one’s own. Remember – there can be a tax advantage to fixing up an old barn rather than to putting up a pole building and the end result is oh so much more beautiful and lasting.

Grandpa's Barn


This tiny log barn in Michigan's Menominee County was built by my Grandpa Palmer at the turn of the last century on the farm where my mother was raised. The barn is featured in the 2011-release book by Jerry R. Davis, Michigan Barns, Et Cetera, Rural Buildings of the Great Lake State.