As Realtors in the Lakes Region, we are keenly aware of the properties coming on the market that have antique barns. The decline and decay of many of these historic structures, which evokes in all of us the nostalgia of an agrarian lifestyle in New Hampshire and in the national landscape, is quickly fading because of neglect, fire, and modern expansion.
Did you know that in 2003 the New Hampshire Legislature approved a break on property taxes for people who will preserve their old barns? The leading New Hampshire organization and proponent of saving our antique barns is The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance in Concord, New Hampshire. Here you can find and download applications for tax incentives, as well as find more detailed information to assist in answering any questions you may have on the subject of preserving your antique barn.
If you would like further information from us, we would be happy to assist where we can on the value of saving your old barn. It is critically important that we all work together to save what has become such historic treasures linked to our New Hampshire heritage.
We wish to thank the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and specifically Beverly Thomas, Program Associate for NHPA and Maggie Stier, Field Service Representative for NHPA for their support of what we hope will become one of many blogs and articles on the preservations of old barns and homes, and for the use of NHPA’s pictures of barns in central New Hampshire.