Flagstaff County is taking inventory of a valuable part of the region’s rich heritage: its barns.
Over the last three summers, university student Sydney Hampshire has spearheaded this important project, which aims to bolster the understanding and appreciation of rural agricultural history right here in Flagstaff County. Hampshire has fast become our resident barn expert, gathering information on the locations of barns throughout the county, visiting them, photographing them, interviewing the property owners and posting all relevant information to an online database to be preserved for future generations.
To date, Hampshire has documented 60 barns within Flagstaff County.
This is where we need your help. Locating barns can prove to be somewhat of a needle-in-a-haystack search because most of the County’s historic barns are only known to local farmers and community members. There is very little documentation about Alberta’s early settlement that focuses on the construction of barns and this history is slowly being lost as barns are neglected or destroyed. Therefore, if you know of a barn in the county that hasn’t already been documented – new or old, dilapidated or pristine and everything in between – please call the County office at 780-384-4100. Encourage your neighbours to do the same. And if you haven’t already, check out the Barns of Flagstaff County.
Heritage Barns of Flagstaff book
Discover a valuable piece of the Flagstaff Region's rich agricultural heritage with our just-released coffee-table book!
Titled "Heritage Barns of Flagstaff: Volume 1," this full-colour hard-cover publication features nearly two dozen barns from our online database at: https://heritagebarnsofflagstaff.com.
The books are available through the Flagstaff County office for $35 each. Call Jenalee at 780-384-4152 or Kerri at 780-384-4150 to order your copy today!
In the news
Our Heritage Barns Project has been the subject of the following online articles and video:
- July 31, 2018 – Folio: U of A student’s ‘Heritage Barns’ book helps preserve Alberta’s rural history
- July 31, 2018 – Farms.com: Showcasing Alberta's heritage barns
- August 7, 2018 – Global Edmonton: Heritage Barns of Flagstaff looks to preserve part of rural Alberta’s history
- August 7, 2018 – Country 106.5: New book highlights area barns and heritage
- September 13, 2018 – The Western Producer: Barn book uncovers unique stories