The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center’s Spring Open House-Open Barn this Sunday, May 19, from noon-4 p.m., gives visitors their one chance all year to see the inside of the historic barn where “The Winner” barbed wire was invented and first manufactured. The large brick structure is located on the Homestead property at 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, behind Burger King and next to Glidden Florist.
Chris Hubbard, shown here, is the Glidden Homestead’s chief blacksmith at the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop.
The Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop at the Glidden Homestead also will be open and operating that day. Roger Keys is a historic preservationist who has done much work on the barn and house at the Homestead. He will help give tours May 19.
The barn is perhaps the most historically significant in the country, according to Keys, because it is where Glidden invented and manufactured the first practical barbed wire. The house was completed around 1861, and the brick barn was built between 1861-71. Glidden’s first barbed wire manufacturing office was located in the southeast corner of the barn.
Architecturally, the Glidden barn also is very significant. It is one of the oldest barns left standing in DeKalb County. It reflects the German tradition and is built of local bricks with transverse frame, post and beam construction. The foundation is made of locally-quarried limestone. There were 14 eight-paned double-hung windows and seven single-pane windows for luxurious livestock lodging. Originally, there were two large arched entrances, seven stalls, a large haymow, gable, hayhood and a dirt or wooden plank floor.
The Glidden barn has remained solid throughout its years of usage for livestock, horses, barbed wire manufacture and storage. It provides a priceless link to our past and evokes images for us of our agricultural roots and pioneer spirit upon which our communities are based today. Read more →
The Village of Maple Park will hold their annual garage sales this Friday and Saturday, May 18th and 19th, from 9am to 4pm. The Lucerne Lane area in DeKalb (across from the old high school off South 4th St.) will be having garage sales on Saturday May 19th. Multi- family Garage sales in North Grove Crossings neighborhood in Sycamore ( Northeast corner of Peace / Plank Rd & Rt 23)Friday 8-3 and Saturday 8-12. For even more garage sales, follow the DeKalb-Sycamore Garage Sale group on Facebook.
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport is hosting jet warbirds from throughout the northern Midwest this weekend . This event is open to owners and operators of vintage jet aircraft only but it should provide a great show over our area this weekend. See Classic Jet Aircraft Association website for more information.
Saturday May 19th is Stock Car Racing – All Classes. Looks like great weather for the Speedway this weekend! Great family fun! Visit the Speedway’s website now!
Open House/Open Barn
This Sunday, May 20th, visit the J.F. Glidden Homestead, 921 West Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb between noon-4:pm. Open House/Open Barn. Architectural preservationist Roger Keys will give tours of the Glidden Homestead brick barn, considered by some historians to be the most historically significant barn in the United States. This is the only day all year when the barn is open to visitors because it is still under restoration. Tours of the Joseph Glidden home and blacksmith demonstrations in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop in the old mill house will also be presented. Admission: adults $4; children under 14, free. More info at www.gliddenhomestead.org.
Yorkville Big Band
On Sunday May 20th join them at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites Convention Center and enjoy dinner, dancing lessons and live music presented by Chicagoland’s premier big band, The Yorkville Big Band. Don’t forget your dancing shoes! Remember to bring your ticket stub to the front desk to receive a guest room at $69.99 on Sunday, May 20th.
The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center’s Spring Open House, Open Barn on Sunday, May 16, noon-4 p.m., gives visitors their one chance all year to see the inside of the historic barn where “The Winner” barbed wire was invented and first manufactured. The large brick structure is located on the Homestead property at 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, behind Burger King and next to Glidden Florist.
The Open House/Open Barn event also will feature musical entertainment performed by DeKalb High School students on the porch from 12:15-1 p.m. The entertainment is made possible with the help of a grant from the Mary E. Stevens Concert and Lecture Fund. The DeKalb High School String Band consists of 10 students, most of whom are enrolled in the school’s orchestra’s program. They perform Celtic, bluegrass and jazz music on string instruments mixed in with vocals, guitar and drum. The group was founded in January, 2009, and has performed at numerous venues throughout DeKalb.
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