Modern livestock and grain farms, centennial farms, an archaeological dig site and repurposed barns are all included in the 2016 DeKalb County Barn Tour taking place in northern Illinois from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13.
This unique opportunity to tour local historic barns is sponsored jointly by the J.F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association of DeKalb. The self-driving tour of the South Grove and Mayfield township areas includes a guided tour at each of eight barns with demonstrations, displays and children’s activities along the way.
At each location, visitors can take a guided tour of the historic barn and then enjoy other activities at the site. Explore agriculture in DAAHA’s hands-on activity tent at site 1. For an additional fee (suggested donation $10), drive a modern tractor and learn about today’s tractor computer technology.
At site 2, see a demonstration of the old-time barn pegging construction method. At site 3, learn about the barn quilt craze, those amazing wooden quilt-block designs seen on the outside of many barns today; and don’t miss the model A on display.
Fresh produce also will be available for purchase at site 3, as well as fresh-roasted corn at site 7.
The DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen’s Association will offer a steak or hot dog lunch at site 5. The Monsanto employee volunteer group will perform grain bin safety demonstrations at site 4. Learn some local history when you stop by the Kirkland Historical Society tent at stop 6. At stop 8, take advantage of the rare opportunity to see an archaeological dig, which is taking place at the historic Joseph Glidden barn.
A guide book with map serves as your ticket. Tickets cost $25 a carload and are available online at https://dekalbcountybarntour.yapsody.com or by contacting Glidden Homestead at 815-756-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or DAAHA at 815-756-8737 or email@example.com. The guide book contains sketches and history of each barn, a map of locations, a list of activities at each site, and educational articles about barns.
Sites can be toured in any order and tickets also can be purchased at any of these sites the day of the event. The barns on this year’s tour are:
1. Bingham, 8680 Old State Road, Clare
2. Schelkopf, 28968 Glidden Road, Kingston
3. Schreiber, 29500 Glidden Road, Kingston
4. Jones, 6644 Old State Road, Kingston
5. Sanderson, 27128 Malta Road, Clare
6. Bergbauer, 25702 Malta Road, Clare
7. Hutcheson, 1885 State Route 64, Malta
8. Glidden, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb