Old Dairy Barn

  • The Old Dairy Barn (1891) was acquired by the nonprofit in 1995, with the vision of restoring it as a future residential learning center.
  • The barn originally housed brood mares for Dr. Webb's horse-breeding operation, but was soon converted to a dairy barn when the horse enterprise folded.
  • In 2011, the barn received a temporary new roof to stabilize the structure for its future conversion to a residential learning center.

NOTE: On September 11, 2016, the Old Dairy Barn was struck by lightning and burned to the ground

The Old Dairy Barn (1891) was designed by Robert H. Robertson to stable brood mares for W. Seward Webb’s horse breeding operation. When the enterprise folded, the barn was converted to a dairy barn, until the growing herd was moved to a modern facility near Shelburne House in 1952. The barn continued to be used for agricultural storage.

In 1994, Shelburne Farms acquired the Old Dairy Barn, Breeding Barn, and 400 surrounding acres from the Shelburne Museum. (This part of the property had been donated to the Museum by Webb family descendants.) The Barn has been structurally stabilized with a new roof, foundation, and beams.

The long-range plan is to convert the building into a residential learning center, where students, educators and families can convene for in-depth programs.