When they were originally constructed a century or more ago to house animals, feed and equipment, their builders could never have imagined that their barns would one day draw visitors from throughout the United States and the world.
The diversity in construction, shape and condition alone make it worthwhile slowing down to look them over. There are some, such as the round barns in Waitsfield and Elmore that demand your attention.
When you’re in Vermont, the best routes for barn viewing are Routes 22A and 30 on the western side of the state; Routes 12 and 14 in central Vermont as well as any route through Franklin County.
Plan to spend some time on your next visit getting to know Vermont -- and our barns -- a little better. You’ll come away with a whole new appreciation for these utilitarian structures that represent Vermont’s past and present.