The Barn Again! workshop staged by Indiana Landmarks includes an afternoon tour of historic barns still in agricultural use and adapted to new purposes. The tour includes the Cravenhurst Barn on the Moose Lodge property, which awaits renovation as a community meeting hall. (Submitted photo)
The Barn Again! workshop staged by Indiana Landmarks includes an afternoon tour of historic barns still in agricultural use and adapted to new purposes. The tour includes the Cravenhurst Barn on the Moose Lodge property, which awaits renovation as a community meeting hall. (Submitted photo)
Good farmers know never to waste anything, and that includes old farm buildings. Across Indiana, barns of all ages and types have been rehabbed for modern farming and other uses.

Indiana Landmarks will present its workshop "Barn Again!" March 23 in Madison. The workshop aims to help owners maximize use of the vintage structures, with experts offering practical solutions for maintaining, rehabbing, and adapting old barns. The workshop and tour, based on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's program, runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with sessions at the West Street Arts Center, 301 West St., to conclude at 1:15 p.m., followed by an afternoon tour of several area barns, some used in farming and others adapted for new purposes.

Rick Collins of Trillium Dell Timberworks in Knoxville, Ill., will discuss barn rehabilitation and timber framing basics, including methods for repairing foundations, roofs, doors and windows.

Preservation consultant Duncan Campbell will discuss how to adapt barns and describe a range of choices short of total restoration. Hanover College professor Darrin Rubino will show a method of dating barns through analysis the wood timbers.

Experts will accompany participants on a tour of privately owned barns that show different construction techniques. The day includes lunch and a visit to the Cravenhurst Barn on the Moose Lodge property. The lodge hopes to restore the Cravenhurst Barn as a meeting place for community groups.

The registration cost for the workshop is $45 per person, which covers lectures, lunch, barn tours, an information packet and a discounted annual membership in Indiana Landmarks. The fee for Indiana Landmarks members is $30.

Individuals can register online at www.barnagainmadison.eventbrite.com or through the Indiana Landmarks' Southern Regional Office, (812) 284-4534, south@indianalandmarks.org or Historic Madison, (812) 265-2967.

The Indiana Landmarks workshop is through cosponsors Jefferson County Board of Tourism, Historic Southern Indiana and Historic Madison Inc.. Other supporters of the workshop include Cornerstone Society Inc., the HMI Garden Guild, Jefferson County Soil and Water and the West End Art Gallery.