Thanks for support for Temple Barns & Farms

Scores of men, women and children flocked to Temple recently to visit sev­en barns, to pet lambs and baby goats and miniature horses, and to admire tractors and trucks and other vintage farm apparatus dating from the late 19th century.

First and foremost, of course, it was the barn owners who made Temple Barns & Farms a resounding success! The Temple Historical Society thanks Randy Burnham Burnham Barn, Con­nolly Brothers Connolly Brothers Dairy Barn, Boo Martin Touchstone- Farm, Betsy & Kent Perry Oak Hill Farm, Felicia & Ted Sartell Sartell Farm and Mark Scott Tobey/Scott Barn.

Other essential participants were the owners of the antique farm ve­hicles. The most venerable, at Oak Hill Farm, was Kent Perry’s 1916 road grader. Close second was a 1920 saw rig loaned by Bill Gilman, Wilton. Other prized old equipment, includ­ing Gilman’s 1938 orchard sprayer, were operating full blast and filling the air with groans, shrieks and chug­ging sounds. A 19th century portable shingle mill, demonstrated by Green­field owner Mel Rossi, added to the cacophony.

Mike Davidson, Steve Harling, Ken Quinn, Phil Marchuk and Chris Bra­dler, all of Temple, added a variety of tractors and trucks dating from 1920 to the 1950s.

Up-front money was generously pro­vided by local businesses. In Temple, the Temple Drama Club, William H. Wildes, the Temple Emporium and Matthew Cabana, Bean Group, stepped up to the plate as Barn Sponsors, and Head Selectman Gail Cromwell under­wrote barn expert John Porter’s lecture.

Peterborough and other towns were not to be outdone in civic openhand­edness. Achille Agway, The Peter­sons, Inc., RBC Wealth Management and Animal Care Clinic all sponsored barns, joined by Belletetes, Inc., Jaffrey; Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, Milford; Wilton Animal Hos­pital; and statewide realtor Farms & Barns.

Many thanks to the several experts who participated at barns. Temple builders Ken Quinn and Phil Marchuk discussed their recent renovations to the Tobey/Scott Barn; Chad Co­chrane of USDA-NRCS fielded ques­tions about the Connolly Brothers’ state-of-the-art Composted Pack Barn (CPB), erected in 2015. Paula Voglino of Misty Hill Farm brought miniature horses and Nubian goats to the Burn­ham Barn, and members of Renais­sance Farm, Pam Fleurent’s troupe of horseback vaulters, dazzled visitors at Touchstone Farm. A spirited concert by the Temple Dance Band rounded out the day.

Dozens of volunteers bore a hand at the gate and the barns. Too numerous to acknowledge by name, those help­ers were critical to the day’s success. We also thank Peggy and Joe of the Temple Store, as well as the staffs of the Peterborough and Milford Toad­stool bookshops, for helping out with ticket sales.

Businesses on both sides of Temple Mountain responded to our quest for the barn owners’ gift baskets. THS vice-president Peter Colpitts contrib­uted the baskets, and the following contributed specialties from their inventories: Ben’s Sugar Shack, Tem­ple, Earthlings Baked Goods, Temple, Frost This Bakery, Greenville, Jo­seph’s coat, Peterborough, Maggie’s Marketplace, Peterborough, Monad­nock Oil & Vinegar, Peterborough, Nelson’s Candies, Wilton, Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough and Vicuna Chocolate, Peterborough.

Where would the Monadnock Re­gion’s not-for-profit enterprises be without the public-spirited generosity of its merchants and its private citi­zens? The Temple Historical Society thanks you all!


THS Barn Tour Committee