The Monitor Barn Project - A Photo History

The West Monitor Barn as it appeared in the early 1900s.

By 1995 the West Monitor Barn was falling into disrepair, in part due to a leaky roof.

Dismantling of the West Monitor Barn began during the late fall of 2000.

During the winter of 2001 hemlock logs were cut on nearby property to provide wood for the new barn timbers.

A portable sawmill was brought on site to mill the replacement timbers for the new barn.

The new timbers were cut and stacked near the East Monitor Barn, a companion barn also built in the early 1900s.

Crew members from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps helps with the construction of the new barn foundation during the summer of 2001.

Richmond Land Trust members and community volunteers help lay the second floor decking for the barn.

Each timber for the new barn was cut and labelled, ready to be put in place as the frame is erected.

Traditional methods are used to construct the new frame, including pegs which hold the floor joists in place.

A crew from Restoration and Traditional Building erects the new barn frame during the summer of 2002.

Vermont Youth Conservation Corps crew members use stones from the original barn to complete the new foundation.

In the spring of 2004 the barn frame was completed and the first layer of siding was applied.

On August 19, 2004 the cupola was raised by crane to the top of the barn -- a historic event witnessed by many onlookers!

During the summer of 2004 a VYCC crew constructed rustic tables for the new barn interior from original timbers which could not be reused in the restoration process.

The barn siding is complete!
      More Information

    Lou Borie, Barn Project Co-Chair, 802-434-4638
    Jim Feinson, Barn Project CoChair, 802-434-3966
The Richmond Land Trust
P.O. Box 605
Richmond, VT 05477
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