The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns

March 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Old Town Hall


Please join us for our second annual Bob Chase Memorial Lecture, “The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns” by John Porter.  The evolution of barn agriculture tells the story of New Hampshire agriculture.  Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then pole barns to accommodate changes in agricultural methods and equipment.  This presentation will be a chronological walk through time with photo illustrations of barns around the state that are examples of these eras of agricultural history.

John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, NH.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science; then went on to get a Master’s Degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management; and later get another Master’s Degree from Bob Jones University in Education Administration.  He served as a Dairy Specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. In 2001, he co-authored the book, Preserving Old Barns.