Washington and Roxbury have been awarded state historic preservation grants by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, relating to barns in the towns.

"It is nice to see Connecticut recognize these historic barns as the true precious assets they are for our district," said State Rep. Arthur O'Neill, R-69th. "These grants will help maintain the character and charm we have come to love in our area."

For Roxbury, the amount of $5,712.50 was awarded for a conditions assessment report and to perform repairs in order to stabilize the barn at 27 Wakelee Road.

The English bank barn was built during the 19th century and is an example of scribe rule framing.

Constructed of hand-hewn beams, the exterior siding consists of vertical tongue-and-groove barn board.

During the mid 1800s, the farm was occupied by James Wakelee, namesake of the road.

For Washington, $1,500 was awarded for a conditions assessment report on the barn at 300 Nettleton Hollow Road.

Listed on the state and national registries of historic places, the barn was constructed during the 19th century.

The farmstead is on a well-traveled roadway. The property is open to the public on a regular basis.