Historic farms sought for rural preservation award

Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau are accepting nominations for the 2020 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation.

The award recognizes the preservation and continued use of historic farm buildings in Indiana. Since it was established in 1992, owners of 29 farms all over the state have received the award.

Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the award. The nomination asks for:

  • A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings and landscape elements.
  • A description of how the farm’s historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations and how they have been preserved or adapted.
  • High-res digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. Historic images also are welcome.

The winner receives an outdoor marker.

Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. 

Submit nominations for the award at indianalandmarks.org/john-arnold-award-rural-preservation or contact Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks at 812-232-4534 or [email protected].

The deadline for nominations is June 5.