Registration is now open for the Tompkins County Barn Fair on October 4th and 5th.

Register online or call Kerry Barnes at (607) 273-6633 x891.

Co-sponsored by the New York State Barn Coalition, this two-day event will celebrate and explore the historic barns of Tompkins County. A motorcoach will leave from the Clinton House on Saturday at 10am. Our guides will take us to four historic barns in different towns and talk about their significance, history and preservation. We’ll spend some time in each barn so we can see construction methods and materials.

Bus Tour, Saturday October 4th 10am – 4pm

The bus will leave from the Clinton House (119 N. Cayuga St, Ithaca) at 10am sharp on Saturday morning. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can get a head count and make sure everyone is on board.

The itinerary: we’re going to do a big figure-8 around the county, seeing barns in Lansing, Dryden, Caroline, Newfield and the Town of Ithaca. Halfway through the day, we’ll stop for a boxed lunch (provided by Historic Ithaca). We will try to be back at the Clinton House by 4pm.

Our tour leader is Rick Lazarus, with some “guest appearances” from other barn experts/preservationists.

Dinner reception, Saturday October 4th 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Tompkins County Cooperative Extension, 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

When: doors will open at 5:30, the presentations will start at 6:15

The buffet dinner, provided by Mandible Café, will feature local foods: soups, salads, meat, cheese and cider will be coming from local farms.

The evening’s events will include: the Tompkins County Barn Contest awards presentations; a summary of Historic Ithaca’s findings from the county barn survey; and keynote speaker Doug Reed presenting “Barn Forensics: Analyzing Timberframes”.

Self-guided tour, Sunday October 5th

The map/brochure, which highlights 30 barns throughout Tompkins County, will be available in several places: the Saturday bus tour, the evening dinner reception, or at the State Theatre box office on Friday or Saturday (the box office is closed on Sundays).

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