The Big Barn
Above: Making History, Creating Place: Preservation and Creative Placemaking at the Big Barn. With support from ArtPlace America and the Vermont Agency for Commerce and Community Development/Division of Historic Preservation, the Clemmons Family Farm and implementing partners Building Heritage and Christal Brown begin the work to transform the beautiful 1830's barn into a venue for African-American and African diaspora visual and performing arts. Phase 1 of this historic undertaking, which is to stabilize the building's frame, floors, beams and roofing, is anticipated to be completed by October 2018.
Above: Christal Brown, Founder of INSPIRT, a dance company, shares her vision of the redesign of the historic Big Barn as a venue for African-American and African diaspora performing arts programs. Some of the barn will also continue to be used for agriculture.
Above: Barn Meditation is a short story-video about the Clemmons' childhood memories of stacking hay in the Big Barn in the 1960's.
Above: The historic Big Barn at the Clemmons Family Barn has enthralled local residents and other visitors to the Farm since the early 1800's. The barn is a popular subject for landscape artists and photographers.
Above: In the mini-video, Barn Talk, barn preservation expert Eliot Lothrop from Building Heritage provides a quick overview of some of the historic structures of the Big Barn and Shed. The condition assessment of the Big Barn and Shed was graciously supported through a grant from the Preservation Trust of Vermont.
Built into a hill, the two-level Big Barn at the Clemmons Family Farm was used for dairy cows, sheep, horses, poultry (lower level) and hay (upper level) from the time of its construction in the early 1800's and through the years up to the mid-1990's.
It was also one of the Clemmons children's favorite places to play when they were growing up on the Farm in the 1960's.
The family plans to do careful restorations and upgrades to the Big Barn to preserve its historic structural beauty, revitalize its agricultural uses, and accommodate occasional special community events and gatherings celebrating African-American heritage and the African diaspora.
Clemmons Family Farm Awarded 2018 Barn Preservation Grant. March 8, 2018. Charlotte News.