Heritage Barns Project

 

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Flagstaff County has been taking inventory of a valuable part of the region’s rich heritage: its barns.

Over the summer, we enlisted university student Sydney Hampshire to spearhead this important project, which aims to bolster the understanding and appreciation of rural agricultural history right here in Flagstaff County. Hampshire fast became 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.

The goal for the summer was to document at least 30 barns within our municipality. Hampshire completed 32 before heading back to school.

Next summer is a long way off, but Hampshire plans to re-join us then and continue where she left off. In her absence, we are compiling a list of barns yet to be documented.

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 us at 780-384-4100. Encourage your neighbours to do the same. And if you haven’t already, check out the Barns of Flagstaff County.