Barn Raised: The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and the Hall a Community Built

Few events speak to the nature of community quite like the raising of the new agricultural society’s barn over a matter of days in the winter of 1994. Hundreds of volunteers, known as “barn busters,” came together to dismantle and move the barn from New Hampshire, donate materials, and help to erect the structure once it arrived on the Island. Through objects, oral histories, film footage, and photographs, this exhibit celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of the Island’s most beloved buildings by looking back at the raising of the barn and the more than 160 year history of our Island’s Agricultural Society.

Image: Barn Raising, 1994 by Alison Shaw