Editorial: Saving old barns preserves heritage

With its rich agricultural heritage, Jackson County is home to numerous classic barns. But because of the cost of maintenance, many barns here and around the state are an endangered species.

Rough-sawn beams and high ceilings hearken back to an earlier era in local history. They are a symbol of the area’s agricultural segment and a reminder of what the community was founded on — and what continues to spur the economic engine for many farm families and agribusinesses today.

But while the barns have rich architectural and historic value, it is up to the owners to maintain them, sometimes at great cost.

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