Barn Raising

In 2019, we formally kicked off the Barn rehabilitation project. On the heels of our successful bid to add the historic 1892 barn and barnyard to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, we began fundraising and applied for a DNR grant to assist with the overall $190k project budget. Attached below is the official press release as well as our very detailed barn structure report. We are still waiting for final approval from the state, but are confident in receiving some funding.

We are still counting on donations from our wonderful friends to complete the project as the grant will cover only 25% of the budget. If you would like to make a donation, please call Sean Tomlins 312-415-7645 or email to discuss how to join in this amazing project.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
For immediate release: May 6, 2022
Grants to preserve local history across state

Michigan City: The Tryon Farm Institute will receive a $50,000 grant to assist with the foundation, masonry, and roof rehabilitation of the Tryon Farm Barn. The Tryon farm and homestead is a good example of the early Indiana farms that were central to the state’s agricultural past. The large bank barn was built in 1892 for dairy operations and features a brick foundation and Dutch-lap wood siding with a side-gabled roof covered with corrugated metal. Areas around the foundation have deteriorated where there is frequent moisture accumulation, particularly the north and east basement walls and along the south basement wall. The project will identify and repair leaks and missing fasteners in the roof, and coat it with a sealant to prevent water infiltration. To stabilize the structure, a missing wooden column will be added on the first level, historic windows will be caulked and three modern windows will be replaced with appropriate historic replicas. Deteriorated pieces of siding and fascia will be replaced. Stabilization of the barn will allow the Tryon Farm Institute to have continued use of the resource for programming and educational events.

About TryonFarmInstitute

Tryon Farm Institute, Inc. (TFI) is an Indiana chartered non-profit land trust and education organization with a mission to connect human and natural communities by promoting habitat diversity and sustainable land husbandry.

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