Juried Photography Show

Picturing History: Historic Barns of Connecticut

Barns are disappearing from the Connecticut landscape. In some cases, it takes years for a barn to slowly decay. In others, a barn may be standing one day and gone the next, razed to make way for new construction. With each barn that is lost another piece of the state’s rich agricultural history disappears.

In a few places, concerned groups have begun to inventory existing barns with the hope of at least documenting the buildings before they are gone. But in many parts of the state the sense of loss is based on anecdotal evidence. We simply don’t know where the state’s barns are, what they look like, and how they were used. We don’t know what we are losing.

To understand barns in Connecticut it is important to understand a fundamental truth about them: barns are working buildings; they are the largest tool on a farm. Like any tool, their shape and size reflects the way in which they are used. Just as the tip of a screwdriver will tell what type of screw it is meant to be used with, a barn’s shape, size and attributes reflect the job it was intended to do. As farming practices in Connecticut developed over time the types of barns that the state’s farmers built also changed.  (Written by James Sexton.)  

Read more about the Connecticut Barn project!


Start taking your photos! Preservation Connecticut will continue its commitment to Connecticut’s barns by welcoming professional, amateur, and student photographers of all ages to submit works featuring the interior or exterior of barns in the following categories: color, black & white, detail, and smart phone images for its juried photography show, “Picturing History: Historic Barns of Connecticut.” Submissions will be accepted online from June 1 to August 24, 2020. In October of 2020, Preservation Connecticut will proudly display the selected works at the Art League of New Britain’s beautiful gallery space in a circa 1870 barn. 

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