Grant Helps Green Mountain Horse Association Repair Barn Roof
South Woodstock — Green Mountain Horse Association has received a $15,000 matching grant from the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation to help replace a roof on its historic Upwey Barn.
The roof work has been divided into three phases, the first of which is currently underway. The grant will support the second phase, which is expected to be completed in 2015.
The main part of the barn, built in 1937, contains a hay mow, horse stalls and the Roger Maher Visitor Center, which includes reference materials, photographs and other memorabilia from GMHA’s early years. The indoor riding rink, added onto the barn in 1939, is used in the winter for equipment storage and houses temporary stalls for horses in the summer.
The barn was once part of Upwey Farms, which Owen Moon Jr. established in South Woodstock in 1910. Over the years, Moon purchased several surrounding farms and consolidated them into a large country estate. Upwey Farms became one of Vermont’s most important gentleman stock farms, and Moon became the country’s leading breeder of Morgan and Suffolk Punch horses, GMHA said in a recent news release.
From 1956-1980, the Upwey Farms estate housed the Woodstock Country School, a private boarding school. Upwey Barn was converted for academic use, including a gym and classrooms, but most of the alterations were later removed, and the building returned to its original function as a horse barn.
The barn is significant architecturally as an example of a ground-level stable barn with an attached indoor riding ring, and for its association with Moon and his stock breeding program, GMHA said.
According to research conducted by Vermont’s Division for Historic Preservation, Moon’s house and related barns were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The Upwey Farms Horse Complex, which includes Upwey Barn, was added to the State Register of Historic Places in 2009. — Staff report