Saving Our Heritage

Saving Our Heritage

Saving Our Heritage. I'm Greg Martin with today's Line On Agriculture.

A few years back my wife and I had the opportunity to stay in a lovely Bel-Air mansion once owned by Cary Grant. It was designed by a relatively famous architect but I learned recently that after it was sold to a neighbor, it was demolished. A lot of landmark kinds of buildings are in danger but one group is helping to save some.

BROOKS: Barns are truly iconic structures on our landscape. When we think of the American West whether it's ranching or farming we always think of the barns that go with it.

That's Allyson Brooks with Heritage Barn Register.

BROOKS: We've given out almost a million dollars in grants since 2007. We now have another half million dollars to give out. So to be able to receive a grant you have to be listed with our agency as a heritage barn and that's not very difficult to do. It's a one-page form with a photograph and the Governor's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation approves it.

There are over 500 designated heritage Barns located throughout Washington's 39 counties.

BROOKS: The deadline is October 28 so it's important if they're not on the barn register to fill out the form to be on the barn register before October 28. We think this program has done the agricultural community a world of good. It has been very successful. The owners who have used the program have been very pleased with it. It's great for the agricultural community, it's great for tourism, it's great for the local economy

That's today's Line On Agriculture. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network.

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