Historic restored barns, throughout Iowa, will be opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation's free, self-guided, all-state barn tour from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29.
Most barns on tour have been restored with matching grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation. Other property owners received awards of distinction from the foundation for restorations they undertook themselves.
The Iowa Barn Foundation, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization founded in 1997 by a group of folks with Iowa roots, raises money from individuals, foundations, and corporations to give matching grants to property owners to restore their barns. The barns must be restored as closely as possible to original. The property owner must sign a perpetual easement when receiving a grant.
Dobbin round barn, 2551 Brown Ave., State Center. This 1917 barn was a pre-cut structure designed and made to order by Gordon Van Tine, Davenport, for $6,000. Carpenters like Ike Ingersol and Amos Thompson assembled the numbered pieces into the 65-foot diameter barn with silo in the middle. It has received the Award of Distinction.
This is the only group of its kind in the country.
The purpose of the tour is to encourage barn preservation in the state, to teach young people about Iowa's rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this unique heritage. Owners will discuss the barns and their histories at many stops. Visitors are expected from around the country. The effort has encouraged barn preservation throughout Iowa and beyond.
The tour is free although donations to support the foundation's work are appreciated.
For more information or questions, email - Jolene Witt, All-State Barn Tour Coordinator, at email firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Iowa Barns included on the tour:
Hamann barn, 21461 240th St., Grundy Center (Grundy County) - At corner of Highways 14 and 175.
Klousia barn, 1766 165th St., Hampton (Franklin County) - At the intersection of Highways 65 and 3 in Hampton, turn east for two miles. Then travel north for two miles and finally west a fourth mile to the barn.
Oakdale Farm/Grave of Farceur, 787 210th St., (Boone County) - Take old Highway 30 to Ogden and turn north on P70 for one mile to 210th Street. Turn right to 787.
Thurmond-Adams barn, South edge of Williams (Hamilton County) - From D 25 (Old 30) south of Williams, turn north on R 75. Turn right on Fourth, right on Spruce and right on Evergreen.
Sparks barn, 15737 E. Ave., Alden (Hardin County) - Take Alden/Buckeye exit off US 20. Go north to D25. Go west to Avenue.
Uetz barn, 2011 180th St. at U Avenue (Boone County) - From Highway 30, take Highway 17 north for five miles (curves and stop signs). Turn right at 180th Street and go east one mile.
Handsaker barn, 65627 200th, Fernald (Story County) - Barn is immediately southeast of Fernald which is off E 29 west of U.S. 65, north of Colo.
Apland/Freeland Barn, 57304 Highway 210, Cambridge (Story County) - Get off I35 at Highway 210 exit and go east. Visible-from freeway, barn is on south side of the road.
Twedt barn, 63645 160th St., Nevada (Story County) - From junction of E14 (Old Highway 30) and S14 in Nevada, turn north and go six miles to 160th Street. Turn east for 1.5 miles.
Mehlisch barn, 17590 730th Ave., Zearing (Story County) - From US 65 north of Colo, take E 29 east to 730th Avenue and turn north.
Pfantz Barn, 210 Fourth Ave. NE., State Center (Marshall County) - From US 30, go into State Center. Fourth Street is on north side of railroad tracks. Barn is behind Victorian house.
Buck barn, 1271 285th St., State Center (Marshall County) - From State Center, go west one mile to Cooper Avenue. Go 4.5 miles south to 285th Street. Turn left on gravel. Barn is at first place on left.
Dobbin round barn, 2551 Brown Ave., State Center (Marshall County) - From State Center, go west one mile to Cooper Avenue, and turn south. Turn right (west) onto 255th St, then left onto Brown Ave.
Boriskey Barn, 2115 230th St., Marshalltown (Marshall County) - At intersection of Highways 30 and 330, go north on 330 1.3 miles and turn left onto short gravel drive that crosses to county road E41 (230th Street). Turn left again (west) and go 0.7 miles. Barn is on the right (north).
Richards barn, 2201 R, Jamaica, (Greene County) - Go three miles south of Old 30 on Q Avnue (P30) which becomes R Avenue.