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Enjoy Heirloom Garden Party at Glidden Homestead

The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will host an Heirloom Garden Party on Sunday.
The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will host an Heirloom Garden Party on Sunday.

The Glidden Homestead in DeKalb will hold a garden party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday where visitors will hear about the historic background of the front heritage gardens.

Future plans for the gardens will be discussed and a half-hour tour of the grounds will follow. Refreshments will be served and special giveaways will be distributed to selected visitors.

Programs at Glidden Homestead are made possible in part by the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund.

In addition, from noon to 4 p.m., visitors can tour the museum and home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention and see a working onsite blacksmith shop. Glidden’s brick barn, where archaeological excavation was recently completed, can be considered the monument for the invention of barbed wire, a symbol of innovation in the Midwest.

Joseph Glidden developed barbed wire in DeKalb in 1873 and went on to patent numerous other inventions. Barbed wire production continued at the Homestead site through the winter of 1873 into the spring of 1874, when the operation moved into town.

The front yard of the Glidden Homestead was always a showplace, even when it was Joseph’s home. The heirloom gardens were added later by Mable Carter Glidden when she and husband John Glidden, Joseph’s nephew, owned the house. While she lived there, Mable Carter Glidden founded the Glidden Florist in 1936 – 80 years ago last year.

The Glidden Homestead, located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays or by special arrangement. Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

For information, visit www.gliddenhomestead.org, email info@gliddenhomestead.org or call 815-756-7904.

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