Hop Heritage Programs
Saturday, Sept. 18 


held at new Oneida Library, 459 Main Street, Oneida (Next door to the Madison County Historical Society)

              Hop Heritage Program Schedule 

                                                                  free to attend all programs

10:30 am: Showing of film, "When Hop Was King in Central New York"

11:00 am: Al Bullard presents Hop House Survey Form

11:30 am:NYS Barn Tax Credit Bill Discussion
                  presented by
               NYS District 53 Senator Rachel May
               NYS Barn Coalition President Michael A. Tomlan
               Preservation Assn CNY President Andy Roblee

Senator Rachel May (NYS District 53) will describe the tax credit for the rehabilitation of the historic barns bill introduced in the New York State Senate (S.6042) by Senator Michelle Hinchey of Saugerties on March 31, 2021, and by Assemblymember Didi Barrett (A.6947) from Hudson on April 14. Both legislative houses unanimously passed the bill in June. The bill now awaits the governor’s signature. The 25% tax credit information addresses barns that were constructed prior to 1945. The session is included in the Hop Fest to strengthen the preservation efforts of hop houses, as well as other agricultural buildings.

Michael A. Tomlan Ph.D. directs the graduate program in historic preservation planning at Cornell, is the current president of the NYS Barn Coalition, authored Tinged with Gold: Hop Culture in the United States, and was the 1998 Madison County Hop King. The Barn Coalition was formed in 1997 to promote barn appreciation and restoration and is still working to increase public awareness of barn preservation.
Andrew Roblee, a graduate of Cornell Master’s program in Historic Preservation Planning, is the current President of the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY), works as an architectural historian for Environmental Design and Research, conducts historic resources surveys, provides visual impact analyses, and authored several National Register Nominations. 

As the Preservation League of New York State explains, Barns provide a tangible connection to New York State’s agricultural beginnings. Their magnitude can be awe-inspiring but conversely daunting when it comes to funding their rehabilitation and reuse. Prior to 2017 NYS had a tax credit program aimed at lessening the financial impact, in the way of a 25% barn tax credit program. Unfortunately, as a result of changes in the federal tax code under the Federal Tax Cuts and Job Act of 2017, the program was negatively impacted. In 2000, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation tried to help barn preservationists by creating the barn restoration program which gave out grants to people who wanted to fix their historical barns for useful purposes. More than 550 grants were awarded out of about 7,000 applications in the seven years of the program. By the time the program ended in 2007, about $12 million had been awarded statewide.

12:30 pm: Carl Stearns presents Hop Houses in Madison County

1:00 pm:  Al Bullard presents Hop Heritage in Delaware,
                  Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, Onondaga,
                  and Schoharie. Information will be shared on
                  Onondaga Historical
Association's new
                  Brewseum at Heritage Hill Brewhouse

2:00 pm:  Al Bullard and Dot Willsey present Hop 
                  Collections including hop tool identification,
china, and memorabilia