Modern livestock and grain farms, centennial farms, an archeological dig site, and repurposed barns are all included in the 2016 DeKalb County Barn Tour taking place on Saturday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 (DAAHA). The self-driving tour of the South Grove and Mayfield Township areas includes a guided tour at each of the eight barns with demonstrations, displays, and children’s activities.
A Guide Book with a map and history of each barn serves as your ticket. Tickets are $25 per carload and are available online here or by contacting Glidden Homestead DeKalb County Barn Tour in August at 815-756-7904 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or DAAHA at 815-756-8737 or email@example.com. Barn sites can be toured in any order and tickets can also be purchased at any of these sites the day of the event.
The featured barns and activities include:
1. Bingham, 8680 Old State Road, Clare DAAHA ag activity tent, drive a tractor ($10 donation)
2. Schelkopf, 28968 Glidden Road, Kingston Old-time barn pegging demonstration
3. Schreiber, 29500 Glidden Road, Kingston Barn quilt information, fresh produce for sale
4. Jones, 6644 Old State Road, Kingston Grain bin safety demonstration by Monsanto
5. Sanderson, 27128 Malta Road, Clare Steak or hot dog lunch by the Cattlemen’s Association
6. Bergbauer, 25702 Malta Road, Clare Local history by the Kirkland Historical Society
7. Hutcheson, 1885 State Rt. 64, Malta Fresh roasted corn for sale
8. Glidden, 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb Archeological dig at Joseph Glidden Barn