2017 DeKalb County Barn Tour to Feature Waterman and Shabbona Barns


The fourth annual DeKalb County Barn Tour will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Livestock and grain farms, as well as repurposed barns, including a winery, are included in this year’s event.

This unique opportunity to tour local historic barns is sponsored jointly by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) and the J.F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center, DeKalb. This year the tour features barns in the Waterman-Shabbona area. The self- driving tour includes a guided tour at each of ten barns, with demonstrations, displays, and family activities along the way.The tour begins in downtown Waterman at the parking lot south of Route 30 with the purchase of a souvenir Guide Book with map, which serves as your ticket. Tickets are $25 per carload and are also available online at dekalbcountybarntour.yapsody.com or at each site the day of the event. The Guide Book contains hand-drawn sketches of each barn by Illinois artist David Allen Badger, a history of the barn, a map of locations, a list of activities at each site, and educational articles about barns.

“The entire tour encompasses about 30 miles, and there are unlimited photos ops along the way for photographers, like me,” said Bob Myers, barn tour committee member. “I’ll be out again with my drone.”

Besides a guided tour of each barn, at the Tuntland’s repurposed barn– Waterman Winery– watch a rope making demonstration and for a nominal fee enjoy a wine tasting. At Bock’s Honey Hill Orchard enjoy refreshing apple cider. At the Brummel-Larson Barn see the beautiful handmade bed quilt to be raffled off at the end of the day, and pick up some tickets. Lunch will be offered at the Challand Barn site a d at Red Home Farm, where mini cows, goats, and pigs will be waiting to greet guests too. Other stops with more activities include barns at the Ostfriesland Farm, Thomas/Todd site, Carroll Farm, Mitchell/Redmond Farm, and the Hart Homestead.

But the tour doesn’t stop there. Optional highlights include a tour of the Monsanto production facility and visits to the Waterman Historical Society Museum and the former Quilhot one-room school, now attached to Resource Bank in Shabbona. And as you drive through the countryside don’t miss seeing the unique Elva elevator and the Henry Rose barbed wire historical marker.

Additional information is available by contacting Glidden Homestead at 815-756- 7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org or by visiting gliddenhomestead.org, or DAAHA at 815-756- 8737 or daaha.inc@gmail.com or by visiting daaha.org. Follow Barn Tour updates on Facebook at Barn Tour of DeKalb County IL.