Breeding Barn Gets "Save America’s Treasures” Grant

SHELBURNE, Vt. (AP) — The historic Breeding Barn at Shelburne Farms has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to support preservation and restoration projects at the facility.

The grand barn was built in 1889 for the horse breeding operation of then-owner W. Seward Webb, the Burlington Free Press reported. The 1,400-acre Shelburne Farms is now a nonprofit, with walking trails, farm fields, an inn and classrooms. It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 2001, the newspaper reported.

Rehabilitation will stabilize and weatherize the Breeding Barn and establish it as a “three-season gathering hall for educational, agricultural and community uses,” and “an inspirational gathering place,” according to the Shelburne Farms website.

The $500,000 grant awarded by the National Park Service must be matched, according to the September announcement from the service about the "Save America’s Treasures” grants.

Two other Vermont projects also won grants. More than $226,000 will go to the Senator Justin S. Morrill State Historic Site in Strafford and $241,000 will support the restoration of 18 marble and concrete sculptures at rest stops and pull-offs on Interstates 89 and 91.