THAS ~ John Porter

Four Summer Evenings with Nationally Known Authors
Presented by the Warner Historical Society 

Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street
7:00 p.m.  Tickets $10 each or 4 for $32.00

Available at MainStreet BookEnds

We are pleased to once again be the booksellers for The Tory Hill Authors Series, sponsored by the Warner Historical Society. It is an annual summer event showcasing locally and nationally known authors reading and talking about their books and personal experiences.  Each event in the series is followed by a dessert reception with live music, a book signing and an opportunity to meet with the author. 


John Porter - Saturday, August 10 @ 7 pm



John Porter was raised on a dairy farm in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science, and then went on to get a master’s degree from Cornell University in Animal Nutrition and Farm Management. In 2005, he earned a master’s degree in Education Administration from Bob Jones University.

He served as a Dairy Specialist for the UNH Cooperative Extension from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. He still works part-time for UNH, specializing in structures and farmstead planning.

​In 2001, he co-authored the book Preserving Old Barns; in December of 2007, was editor and contributing author of The History and Economics of the New Hampshire Dairy Industry; in 2011 was a contributing author of Crosscurrents of Change, an updated history of Concord, NH; and in 2019 published the new edition of Preserving Old Barns.


Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource

by John C. Porter
With photography by Lowell H. Fewster


Readers’ Comments

“Barns tell an important story about the history of agriculture in the Granite State. My heart is lifted each time I see one that is being renovated.”

—Shawn Jasper, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, former owner of a poultry farm in Hudson, N.H.

“John Porter is surely the most recognized scholar of farm buildings in the Northeast and he shares his wealth of knowledge on the construction, usage, and now, the protection and re-purposing of these vital resources.”

—Steve Taylor, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, agricultural historian, dairy farmer in Meriden, N.H.

“This updated and expanded new edition of Preserving Old Barns will inspire and inform old barn fans everywhere. The popular first edition spurred property owners and communities to rehabilitate and care for these architectural wonders —treasured icons of our heritage and working landscape.”

—Lorraine Merrill, former N.H. Commissioner of Agriculture, Markets & Food, writer, and co-owner of a dairy farm in Stratham, N.H.

“A must-read reference book for barn owners and barn lovers.”

—Stephen Bedard, Bedard Preservation & Restoration, LLC; Gilmanton, N.H.



Preserving Old Barns is a wonderful resource for barn owners to assess, care for, and celebrate their special structures. This illustrated, full color second edition features over two hundred pictures, one hundred pages of new information from author John Porter, and barn preservation techniques from timber framer Arron Sturgis. It provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

About the Author

Author John Porter writes from the vantage point of one who grew up on a dairy farm, working every day in 1850s barns. He spent his career working as a Cooperative Extension Educator, helping people retrofit old barns and build new ones to meet the changing demands of agriculture.

Event date: 

Saturday, August 10, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Event address: 

Warner Town Hall
Main Street
Warner, NH 03278

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