To commemorate Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016, a group of agriculture professionals, artists and historians established the Bicentennial Barns project, a contest to find those barns that “represent the finest examples of architecture and stewardship.” The group hopes to celebrate the state’s agriculture heritage while engaging Hoosiers in the process.
Indiana residents can enter their barn for consideration through the project website, 200indianabarns.com. Barns must predate 1950 and be in relatively good condition to qualify. Entries will be whittled down to 200, and those entrants will receive a commemorative sign for their property. Photos of all the barn entries will be featured in a traveling exhibit.
Indiana artist Dorrel Harrison will award the top 10 entrants a handcrafted plaque. The Scottsburg resident is known throughout the state for his stunning replicas of Indiana barns on wooden plaques. Read more about his work at my-indiana-home.com/barns.
The Bicentennial Barns project also accepts stories and information about barns to post on its website. To read the stories and learn more about these historical treasures, visit 200indianabarns.com.