June 4-9, 2017: Volunteer to rehabilitate the timberframe of the Bowerman Barn, originally constructed by hand more than a century ago!

PROJECT PARTNER: Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Please plan to arrive between 5pm and 7pm the on the first day of the session; work will begin on the following morning. We will depart in the afternoon of the last day of the session.

Located in the wine-lover’s American Viticulture Area of Trinity County amid the stunning and diverse beauty of northern California lies Bowerman Barn. Constructed by hand in 1878 by Mr. Jacob Bowerman, it served as part of the Bowerman ranch, which in turn served as an important business within the regional economy and along the main stagecoach route between Oregon and California. The barn remained in use until the US Forest Service purchased the property in 1974. Seven years later it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Still standing at 138 years old, dry rot is impairing the barn’s roof timbers. You can learn more about the Bowerman Barn from the US Forest Service here. Lend a hand to repair them with HistoriCorps this summer!

WHO:  All are welcome, no experience needed. Those under age 14 must have a parent or guardian accompany them.

CHALLENGE LEVEL: MEDIUM. Volunteers will work on scaffolding to repair the interior barn roof and timberframe.

WHAT: In order to stabilize the barn, volunteers will:

  • Repair dry-rotted timber in the barn’s roof
  • Learn or deepen their expertise with timber framing

WHERE:  Trinity County, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA. The Bowerman Barn is located approximately one mile north of the Alpine View Campground, where we will be camping. See a map here.

GPS Coordinates: 40.8999937, -122.7676694

Nearest town: Trinity Center, CA, about 15 minutes away (map). Has a small general store, gas station, and post office.

Watch a video about the Shasta-Trinity National Forest here!


  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with camping at Alpine View campground. Though complimentary tent camping space is guaranteed, RV space may be limited depending on site capacity.
  • First time camping? Visit the National Forest Service's site for tips!
  • The nearby KOA (map) has kindly offered the use of their showers for volunteers. There is also a lake near the campground that may be good for swimming depending on the water levels at that time.
  • RVs or trailers up to 32' in length can be accommodated at Alpine View Campground, however, hookups and a dump station are not available. There is a KOA campground nearby as well.
  • Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!
  • Given the rural nature of this site, cell service may not be available. Please check with your carrier to determine if you will have service at this site.
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing their own camping supplies including: tent, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries.
  • Volunteers are responsible for their transportation to and from the project and campsite.
  • HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with meals including: breakfast, lunch, dinner, water and snacks.
  • The work day will last from 8:00am – 5:00pm with breaks for lunch, snacks and water in between.
  • Volunteers must come prepared with proper attire including: sturdy work shoes, long pants and a work shirt.

If you have any further questions, please contact Liz at lrice@historicorps.org or at 720-287-0100 ext. 231. Thank you for your interest in this project!

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  • Session 1
    June 4, 2017 - June 9, 2017