09.15.22

Leahy, Sanders And Welch Praise $500,000 Grant To Restore Historic Shelburne Farms’ Coach Barn

WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2022) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Thursday announced the award of a $500,000 grant through the National Park Service’s Save America’s Treasures program to restore the historic Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms. With the funding, Shelburne Farms will be able to make critically needed fire safety and other building repairs to protect and preserve one of the great barns in America, including completing restoration of the barns’ exterior. The restored barn will contribute to Shelburne Farms’ mission to support community programs and education focused on sustainability. The Vermont delegation sent a letter of support to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in March advocating for the project.

“Shelburne Farms is truly one of America’s treasures, and with restoration of the Coach Barn, Vermonters and visitors from all over will reap increased educational and community benefit,” Leahy said. “I am proud that this funding will allow Shelburne Farms to continue their work cultivating learning for a more sustainable future.”

Senator Sanders said: “The mission of Shelburne Farms is more important than ever, and I am incredibly pleased that they have received this funding to restore the Coach Barn. Marshall Webb was a driving force for sustainable education in Vermont and his passing is a tremendous loss, but his legacy and vision for Vermont endures at Shelburne.” 

“The folks at Shelburne Farms do essential work to protect our environment and educate visitors from Vermont and beyond,” said Rep. Welch. “This grant will ensure Shelburne Farms can continue their important work and help preserve the unique cultural and historical significance of the Coach Barn for generations to come.”

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