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About Don Perkins
A freelance writer since 2005, Don penned a series on local barns in 2007-8 for a Gray-New Gloucester weekly that garnered much interest; it ran for some 20 weeks. In 2010, another barn column appeared in the Advertiser Democrat in Norway, ME for a year and a half. For seven years he wrote a weekly column on people and events for the Portland Press Herald.
A former member of the Timber Framers Guild, Don speaks at area historical societies and leads barn tours. At last, he is happy to announce the arrival of his long-awaited book, The Barns of Maine: Our History, Our Stories.
Although humble in their function, these carefully crafted barns have shaped the landscape of Maine for centuries.
Built long before the days of plastic and plywood, the barns have survived for generations, each with a story to tell. In Bridgton, one barn offered comfort to a 16 year-old boy when his father was injured; another New Gloucester barn was so important to one family that its likeness was engraved on their headstones. Some owners said they would rather see their homes burn than their barns, and others have dedicated their lives and countless funds to restoring and preserving these buildings. From modest English to grand Victorian, Don Perkins examines the structures, origins, and evolution of Maine's barns, demonstrating the vital and precious role they play in people's lives.