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"Steps to Resilience" Special Exhibit and Tours of the Historic Barn House

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The Historic Barn House

The Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, VT 05445

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"STEPS TO RESILIENCE" SPECIAL EXHIBIT AND TOURS OF THE HISTORIC BARN HOUSE

Join us on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. for a guided tour of the historic Barn House. The Barn House is actually two historic buildings: a granary and a cow barn, both built sometime between the late 1700's and the early 1800's. Jackson Clemmons joined the two buildings together more than 20 years ago, while he was in his 70's.


Our Fall 2018 tours feature a very special exhibit:

Steps to Resilience: Intimate Portraits by Will Kasso Condry.

Considered the godfather of the Trenton art scene, Will Kasso Condry promotes and produces street art throughout the Northeast and the West Coast. His lived experiences, cultural heritage, and social issues inform the subject of his murals, paintings, and illustrations. Kasso's work centers on using mural arts as a vehicle for community-building, activism, beautification, and healing. For over 20 years, his public art initiatives and civic engagement have had profound impact by helping vulnerable and fractured communities come together to creatively problem solve issues that affect their neighborhoods and everyday lives. Kasso firmly believes in the power of art to inspire, empower, create dialogue, and improve lives.

The exhibit includes seven magnificent portraits of individuals who inspired Kasso in his former life in New Jersey and in his present life in Vermont. The portraits use oil and spray paint on canvas. Audio-recordings of Condry describing his inspiration behind of each the works and videos of Condry's process are also a part of this vibrant exhibit.


Our Fall 2018 Barn House Tours also include the following exhibits:

  • For the Love of Old Barns: The Barn House is itself a work of art. During the tour, you will see and feel the beauty of the original hand-hewn beams of the barns, the ingenious design that fills the building with natural light, and the beautiful antique fixtures ranging from windows to doors to a two-way cabinet cleverly built into a wall. We have documented the transformation of an 18th century granary and cow barn into what is now "the Barn House" through photographs and videos. You'll also listen to the story behind the Barn House and learn about the path that led Jackson Clemmons, a pathologist, to create a masterpiece that manifests his deep love for historic buildings, family and community. The exhibit includes photos and videos of the "Big Barn" located across the street from the Barn House, which document creative placemaking work underway with funding from ArtPlace America and the Vermont Division of Historic Barn Preservation.


  • A Place for All People: The National Museum of African American History and Culture poster exhibit is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) in collaboration with the Museum. Based on the inaugural exhibitions of the museum, the 20 posters highlight key artifacts that tell the rich and diverse story of the African American experience. The Clemmons Family Farm has curated posters with summaries and QR codes that link viewers, with just a swipe of their smart phones, to audios and videos with additional selections of African American history as well as Clemmons family storytelling.For more information about the ​A Place for All People poster exhibit visit: nmaahc.si.edu


  • A Sense of Place: An array of interpretive installations located throughout the historic Barn House. The installations include Clemmons family photographs, selected farm tools, Clemmons family block printing projects from the 1970's, and memorabilia from Jack and Lydia Clemmons’ travels and work on the African continent, including A selection of masks, artifacts, statues and more- all lovingly collected by the Clemmons during their work and travels in Africa during the 1980s and 1990s.


  • West African Textiles: A selection of mudcloth and handwoven wool wedding blankets from Mali, kinte cloth from Ghana and Nigeria, and kuba cloth from the Democratic Republic of Congo.


  • Gaia: A set of creative works by Charlotte environmental artist Nancy Winship Milliken. The work uses some of the agricultural soils and organic hay of the Clemmons Family Farm.


  • Additional exhibits: A range of contemporary African-American and African diaspora art will be featured on a rotational basis throughout the 2018 season.


Tours take approximately 90 minutes. In addition to the guided tour you will have some time to linger over the books on African art and culture, read the posters, listen to storytelling audios and videos, look at the Adirondack views, enjoy the magical and calming ambiance of the Barn House, and just sit down and relax! If you have an Iphone please bring it along. We'll show you how to download a free QR code reader from the App store that will allow you to access Clemmons Family Farm audio and video storytelling and other multimedia information included in the exhibits.

* Tickets: $10.00



More about the Clemmons Family Farm

Did you know that, by your donation to tour the historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm, you are helping to preserve one of the rare African-American owned farms in the state of Vermont and in New England as a cultural heritage asset for the community? There are one billion acres of farmland in the United States. Over the past century, African-American land ownership in the U.S. has decreased by 93%: from a combined total of 41 million acres to just 3.5 million acres today.

  • According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African-American-owned or operated.
  • Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans. ess than half of one percent (0.4%) of all farms in the United States are African-American-owned.
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Located in Charlotte near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is ​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife. Your purchases, donations and other kinds of support help us to keep this Farm available for African-American and African diaspora history, arts and culture programs for the community.

FAQ

Where do I park?

The historic Barn House is located on the west side of the Road at 2122 Greenbush Road (Adirondack Mountain side). Please park across the road (east side of Greenbush Road) in the barnyard that is near the two old red barns (the shed and the "Big Barn"). You will see "Event Parking" signs indicating the areas where you can park. You will then cross the road and walk down the hill to the Barn House.


What do I do if I cannot walk down and up the hill to the Barn House?

Please contact clemmonsfamilyfarm@gmail.com or 802-310-0097 so that we can arrange for a car to drive you down (and up) the hill. Also, the Barn House has an access ramp for those who may have difficulty using the stairs at the main entrance.


Is it ok to bring children?

Yes! Please keep a close eye on children under 8. If they get restless during the tour, there's plenty of room outside on the lawns for them to run around, but they will need to be accompanied by an adult.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions about the event. You can reach our Senior Tour Leader (Susan) at vtcrocks@gmavt.net


Where can I learn more about the Clemmons Family Farm?

Check out our website and like us on Facebook!

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The Historic Barn House

The Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, VT 05445

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Refunds up to 1 day before event

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