By Brad Segall

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – On the heels of the wildly successful covered bridge tours in Bucks County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving heritage has put together another tour celebrating early history.

The landscape in and around the Doylestown area is peppered with barns from the 19th and early 20th century — some as far back as the American Revolution and the founding of the country that are still standing.

“They were built to last,” says Heritage Conservancy President Jeffrey Marshall. “It’s a testament to the people who built them. They were built not for the farmer, but for the farmer, his kids and grandkids and that was a different way of building back then than we do today.”

Heritage Conservancy has put together a self-guided driving tour that takes you past more than 15 barns throughout central Bucks County.

“To me, a barn is more than just wood and stone,” says Marshall. “They capture our agrarian past — the story of the people who built them and the struggles they went through.”

Marshall hopes that by educating the public about these guardians of the history of the county as he puts it, they will be inspired to help protect them for generations to come.

If you do plan to head out on the tour he says remember, many of the barns are not open because they are private residences.

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