A team of HistoriCorps volunteers spent a week at Bowerman Barn in early October to help complete some critical stabilization projects including some foundation and beam replacements involving traditional mortise and tenon joinery pegged together with hardwood pegs.
The group, camping, on site endured some of the first cold nights with frost of the season.
HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.
Funding was provided by the USFS and the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee.
Local volunteer, Russ Robinson, brought his earth moving equipment to the Bowerman Barn to build a gently sloped new section of trail connecting the existing asphalt area behind the barn to the Guy Covington Road. Thank you Russ!
The barn will be open for a guided tour on Sunday May 28, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm. Come and see the inside of the barn (normally closed to the public) and learn about pioneer life in the 1880s. The tour includes a walk through the homestead, along a former gold mining ditch and along the California to Oregon stage road. Sturdy shoes are recommended for the walk.
A group of volunteers turned out on Sunday afternoon on May 21 to prepare the barn and trail for the Memorial day weekend visitors. The group cleared weeds around the barn, cut small trees along the interpretive trail, removed barbed wire, and cleaned the inside of the barn.
The next volunteer workday has been scheduled for Sunday May 21 at 1 pm to 3 pm. The plan is to clear the temporary interpretive trail by weed whacking an removing some small trees in the path of the permanent interpretive trail. Another item is to clean the inside of the barn by removing straw.
All are welcome and bring string trimmers, rakes, hand tools, and chain saws. Proper attire is sensible long pants, closed toe shoes and suitable personal protective equipment for hand and power tools.
The Office of historic Preservation, Department of Parks and Recreation has notified the Forest Service that the proposed interpretive trail and interpretive panel “… will result in no adverse effect to historic properties per 36 CFR 800.5(b)”
On January 12, 2017, volunteers, Carol, Pam, and Erik met with USFS staff, Cindy, Phyllis and Valerie to discuss the layout and content of the interpretive sign. The sign will be approximately 4 feet high by 6 feet wide and include information about the Bowerman family, the barn construction and function, and the interpretive trail.
On January 14th, volunteers photographed features in the interior of the barn. The recent snow required some effort to remove before getting into the barn.
On Wednesday August 3, 2016, volunteers met with USFS personnel at the Young Family Ranch in Weaverville to discuss the Interpretive trail plan. Attending from the USFS were Valerie Glowinski, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, and Phyllis Swanson. Volunteer attendees were Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, and Erik Anderson.
On Saturday July 2, 2016 visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the inside of the Bowerman Barn guided by docent, Carol Fall. The inside is only accessible during guided tours due to structural issues. Future docent tours will be announced on this website and local media.
Docent guided tours will be available at the Bowerman Barn and Ranch on Saturday July 2nd from 1 to 3 pm.
We invite you to visit the Bowerman Barn and Ranch as guides describe pioneer life in the 1880’s.
Imagine living along the main transportation route between California and Oregon, housing team-sters and their mules, selling butter and beef to miners and exploring the Trinity Alps. Join us and learn about the life of these early settlers of Trinity County.