Discussion on historic Washington County barns

The Washington County Historical Society (WCHS) will host an event later this month in Cambridge focusing on the region’s historic timber-frame barns

This program, which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at 190 Brownell Road in Cambridge, will include talks on various aspects of timber-frame construction, barn repair, and how barns functioned in relation to the region’s early agriculture, in addition to demonstrations of historic framing techniques.  

Speakers include Vance Bateman, the program host, will provide an overview of the farm’s history and buildings, among them a circa-1790s timber-frame barn and an 18th century log house moved to the site from nearby; Bill Krattinger, a WCHS-board member and employee of New York’s Division for Historic Preservation, will offer an overview of ongoing efforts to document the region’s early barns as part of the Washington County Barn Survey, and some of the findings of the survey to this point; Randy Nash, former administrator of the New York State Barn Grant program and a member of the Traditional Timberframe Research & Advisory Group (TTRAG) of the Timber Framer’s Guild, will offer experienced advice on how barn owners can make cost-effective repairs to extend the life of barns in need of work; and Thomas Litwin, an experienced carpenter, cabinetmaker and timber-framer, will guide demonstrations on historic framing techniques including hewing and the fashioning of mortise-and-tenon joints. 

Refreshments will be served.

For further information on this program, contact Bill Krattinger at (518) 727-1039, or via email at billkrat@hotmail.com. 

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