The Historic Barns of Nipmoose

Agriculture has played a key role in the formation of the Hudson Valley’s landscape, as well as its identity.   Today, it remains an important and viable industry in the Hudson Valley.

Consider these statistics:  (which also can be found in this report by the Glynwood Center)

  • NYS has the third highest dairy sales in the nation;
  • As of 2007, the Hudson Valley was comprised of 848,456 acres of farmland (17% of the entire region);
  • 38% of those acres lay in Washington County (home of Tour de Farm!); 20% in Rensselaer and 15% in Saratoga.

At the Troy Farmers’ Market

Farms, road-side stands, farm-to-table restaurants, and other signs of a vibrant agricultural community mark the Hudson Valley.  Although still in a fledging stage in the US, agritourism has become a way for savvy farmers to diversify their income.  Not all farms are able to capitalize on this growing industry, but for those that can, this diversification can be important for farms as a way to survive during times of economic uncertainty.

Just as corn mazes, farm stays, and wine tours are an important aspect of agritourism, the conservation of our agricultural lands and open spaces – as well as the preservation of historically significant structures, such as barns – prove to be essential.  Barns have long been part of the tradition of agriculture in the Hudson Valley, and the subtle differences in architecture often hold the key in learning about the people who built them.

While in the region, be sure to visit the Historic Barns of Nipmoose.  Three beautifully restored, historically significant and unique barns stand on the property.

The barns and gardens at Nipmoose.

Built in the mid 1800s, the German barn was moved to Nipmoose in the early 1900s. A historic hay barn, it features large red oak timbers.

The Scottish Barn is among one of the earliest barns in the country. A three-beamed joint design makes the Scottish Barn very unique among barns from this time.

The Corncrib is an example of a 19th century timber frame structure for storage. Although it’s easy to romanticize these barns, its ingenious design demonstrates how ever detail was carefully planned for practicality.

For information on tours, how to hold events at Nipmoose, and more pictures, visit their website.

The pictures seen here of the Historic Barns of Nipmoose were taken by Constance Kheel.

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