Senator Gordner Encourages Owners of Historic Barns to Participate in Inventory

(HARRISBURG) – – Owners of Pennsylvania barns built before 1960 are encouraged to participate in a statewide inventory of historic barns, according to Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27), Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  The Center is assisting the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with the inventory.

The inventory of historic barns was authorized by Senate Resolution 190, sponsored by Senator Gordner.

“The resolution acknowledges the historical significance of these barns and the inventory, which is to be completed in November, will then be used to promote Pennsylvania’s two leading industries – agriculture and tourism,” said the Senator.

To assist the Department of Agriculture and the Historical and Museum Commission with the inventory, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania is asking owners of barns built before 1960 to contact the Center.  In addition to the location of the barn, the Center is interested in the style or architecture of the barn and whether or not it is currently being used for farming operations.

Information can be mailed to the Center at 200 North Third Street, Harrisburg, 17101, phoned to the Center at (717) 787-9555, emailed to the Center at, or provided through the Center’s website at

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy research within the Pennsylvania General Assembly.