Historic Barns of Cumberland Township - March 5, 7 p.m.

Presented by Cumberland Township Historical Society

The Cumberland Township Historical Society will kick off its 2018 speaker series on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m., by hosting David Maclay, barn preservation specialist for Historic Gettysburg-Adams County (HGAC).

Over the past 15 years, HGAC’s Barn Preservation Project has become a flagship of the organization, providing a template for barn preservation statewide.

Maclay will elaborate on the project's evolution and mission, drawing from his own experiences as a timber framer and restoration carpenter and as a member of the volunteer-driven effort to preserve these irreplaceable structures. The presentation will detail the many components essential to the development of a successful barn preservation effort and explore the treasure trove of historic barns in Cumberland Township, dozens of which have been documented and added to HGAC’s Adams County Barn Registry.

In fact, the township sits at the very heart of the geographic distribution of the iconic Pennsylvania Barn. Maclay will share a gallery of the structures within the township, from primitive log crib barns to the expansive timber frames of the late 1800s, and will explore the barns’ architectural classification, anatomy, engineering, and design evolution.

Maclay will also detail the history of the George Spangler Barn and its recent restoration by the Gettysburg Foundation, a project that received the HGAC Barn Preservation Award in 2017. As a nearly perfect expression of the mid-1800s agricultural economy, and with a prominent role in the Battle of Gettysburg, it serves as a case study in Adams County’s history and a model for the preservation of the rich legacy of these historic barns.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Church of the Brethren, 1710 Biglerville Road, Gettysburg, and refreshments will be served. The location is handicapped accessible.