We’re Beginning Restoration of the East Monitor Barn!

May 5, 2023 | 

The first phase of restoration is underway on Vermont Youth Conservation Corp’s historic East Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT. The East Monitor Barn was built in 1901 and is one of the few remaining large-scale dairy barns of its time. Despite its impressive appearance on our East Campus, the barn is in a state of disrepair and can’t currently be used to support programs. In addition to saving an icon of Vermont’s landscape, restoring the barn is critical to strengthening VYCC’s growing programs in the years to come.

We expect the full restoration to take two years, followed by programmatic fit-up in 2025. The restoration is part of a larger VYCC initiative to not only enhance the VYCC experience, but also to make it more accessible. The barn’s restoration is a keystone in our efforts to improve and create housing, build four-season teaching spaces, expand our office space, and provide more efficient tool and equipment storage.

A restored barn will provide a space for youth and young adults to learn best practices in conservation and sustainable agriculture, make significant contributions to their community, and experience a safe and functional work environment.

More information about the project is available at https://eastmonitorbarn.org/

The restoration of the East Monitor Barn is being supported in part by a Save America’s Treasures grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.