Old Barns in the New World

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Why would one man work to save buildings that have outlived their practical function in our society? Old Barns in the New World answers that question as it chronicles the life and work of Richard Babcock, America's leading barn restorer and historian.
A barn door is a gateway to our colonial past, and anyone who has ever marveled at 12-inch hand hewn beams pegged together centuries ago will love this book. Part personal quest, part historical survey, and part armchair adventure ...

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1996 Trade paperback New. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 256 p. Audience: General/trade. As new in no dust jacket trade paperback. OVERSIZE BOOK 10" X 8". Clean, tight ... copy with no writing; very light wear along bottom page edges. APPEARS NEVER TO HAVE BEEN READ! GREAT CONDITION FOR A USED BOOK. Read more Show Less

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Why would one man work to save buildings that have outlived their practical function in our society? Old Barns in the New World answers that question as it chronicles the life and work of Richard Babcock, America's leading barn restorer and historian.
A barn door is a gateway to our colonial past, and anyone who has ever marveled at 12-inch hand hewn beams pegged together centuries ago will love this book. Part personal quest, part historical survey, and part armchair adventure through the lore of American barns, Old Barns in the New World is a must for barn lovers and history buffs alike! Richard Babcock and his sons have used original colonial tools and methods to move, renovate, and restore literally dozens of barns throughout the United States. Lauren Stevens is an acclaimed author and conservationist who has written several books including Hikes and Walks in the Berkshire Hills (Berkshire House), Most Excellent Majesty: A History of Mount Greylock (Berkshire House), and others.

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In Old Barns In The New World: Reconstructing History, co-authors Richard Babcock and Lauren Stevens combine an historical survey of architecture and colonial craft, with thirty years of personal experience at hands-on restoration of dozens of barns. Richard Babcock is able to infer from ancient construction techniques both the date and nationality of a barn's builders which ranges from Dutch, German and English to Scotch-Irish, French, and the slave population of New England and eastern New York. Old Barns In The New World is a "must" for students of colonial era American architecture, and will prove to be deeply enjoyable, informative reading for American history buffs and old barn enthusiasts.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780936399799
  • Publisher: Countryman Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren R. Stevens is the author of several books, including The Berkshire Book, Hikes
& Walks in the Berkshire Hills and Old Barns in the New
World. He's a contributing writer to numerous periodicals, including
The Berkshire Eagle, and he founded The Advocate in 1981.
He has lived in the Berkshires for more than 40 years.

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