Jones Log Barn – Living History Center


The Jones Log Barn – The Main Interpretive Building of the Living History Center at Duportail
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Once completed, the Jones Log Barn will become the main interpretive building for the Living History Center at Duportail. In addition to its distinguished designation as one of the few surviving log barns in the eastern U.S., the Jones Log Barn will combine with the Duportail House and the historic Federal Barn to offer the following:

• Permanent and changing interactive exhibits demonstrating   Tredyffrin’s role in the American Revolution
• Special focus on the role of General Duportail and other foreign military experts to the cause of liberty
• Living History and Special Programs for School Districts
• Tredyffrin and area residents focusing on the Colonial and Revolutionary War period and the growth of its villages
• Expansion of our popular lecture series at Duportail
• Cooperative programs with nearby Valley Forge National Historical Park and with the Patriot’s Path Trail (among others)

Jones Log Barn – Phase I Completed

Having secured the endorsement of Tredyffrin Township’s Board of Supervisors, the Trust also received grants and donations totaling $290,000.  Trust event revenue contributed a meaningful amount to this total as well.

Phase I of the project is now complete having accomplished the following:
• Expert dismantling of the barn and storage of logs
• Architectural and engineering services
• Site survey and excavation work
• Completion of foundation for the barn’s restoration/rebuilding at Duportail
• Foundation stone facade restoration
• Securing the site

Jones Log Barn – Phase II
Remaining Construction Work

Upon reaching its $300,000 Campaign goal, the Trust will be able to accomplish the following:
• Log retrieval from storage
• Period structural and frame support
• Painstaking integration of historic logs
• Recreation of logs from new wood
• Window and door installation
• Recreated hardware installation
• Installation of roofing, board and batten and flooring.
• Electricity installation
• Stairways
• Handicap accessible features
• Safety features for public visitation
• Outfitting and exhibits

For more information, call 610-644-6759 or email

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