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Scenic Wisconsin

An Affiliate of Scenic America



We support the UW Extension Barn Preservation Program and their efforts to preserve and protect these icons of our scenic Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is losing more barns every year and without a concerted effort to assist property owners, more will be knocked down or lost
to the elements so in 50 years it will be rare to see one of these amazing buildings share the landscape of our beautiful state.

There are also a number of national, state, regional and local barn preservation efforts of interest around Wisconsin

Barn Again! - National Trust for Historic Preservation

Wisconsin Historic Barns - Wisconsin Historical Society

B.O.A.R.D.S. (Barns of Our Area, Retaining, Developing, Saving) - Trempealeau County

The Barn Project of Portage County - Portage County Historical Society

Racine County Quilts on Barns - Racine County Convention and Visitors Bureau

Barns of Winnebago County - Oshkosh Public Library

Barn Tour Theme

Preservation Tours

Come enjoy a tour of some of the icons of our scenic Wisconsin! Our Barns Preservation Tours are rain or shine and include a presentation on the history and architecture of these amazing buildings, a school bus tour and box lunch with beverages.



Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and visiting working farms and remember that we are the guests of our hosts!

If you own a barn or other interesting agricultural building or structure, and might be interested in being a host for one of our tours, please see the Host Information and Host Instructions.

If you or a group would be interested in partnering with CSW in organizing a barns tour in your area, please check out the Local Organizer Guidelines.


Wisconsin Barns

Wisconsin’s iconic barns have come to represent a way of life defined by family, a connection
to the land, ingenuity, and hard work. Experience the state’s beauty and rich history
through these varied and fascinating structures, from the 1840s log barns to grand,
arch-roofed dairy barns.

Writer Nancy Schumm-Burgess and photographer Ernest J. Schweit set out on a two year
quest to document Wisconsin’s historic barns, presented in 107 photographs complimented
by fascinating details about some of the state’s most storied structures.

Forward by Chuck Law, Ph.D. of the UW Extension Barns Preservation Program.

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