Saturday, August 8, 2015

Barn Tour in DeKalb County

The King and I went on a barn tour here in DeKalb County.  It was very interesting.  You know how much I love old barns.  It really makes my heart sad when I drive past a farm and the barn is falling down and dilapidated!  They are such a crucial part of our history.  This is a photo of a dilapidated old barn (which was NOT part of the barn tour).  It's actually in pretty good shape compared to some I've seen in other parts of the county.  Of course when I'm looking for a really sad barn, I can't find one to show you.  (Warning, there are a lot of photos in this post.)

The tour had 8 barns in the county on it.  Most were very old, some dating back in the mid 1800's and some were brand new.

This was the first barn on our stop.  It was built circa 1880 and was restored in 2007-2008.  The lean-to was completely torn off and built back.

This barn was built in 1935 but has been re-covered with red steel and white trim.

What a cute new barn, built in 2014.

And look what's out behind this cute little barn.  A playground for the goats.  When we first arrived, they were all the way to the very top.

This barn was on the same property as the cute little barn but it's living quarters for the owners; built in 1935.  It contains 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1 half-bath, a finished basement with an office, and 2 car garage.  The south end of the barn remains the barn.

The next 2 barns were part of a dairy farm operation.

This is an aerial view of the farm in 1957.

Those boxes in the photo below are chutes for loading grain.  The grain was stored in the second level of the barn and were loaded into wagons that pulled through in the lower level.

A corn crib on each side of the barn

This was one of many barns on this farming operation.  Part of the operation was purchased from President James Buchanan in 1860.  It is now a 3 generation operation.

And what's a farm or barn without a tractor?

Pretty neat how the doors on this barn fold up.

The Glidden homestead right smack dab in the middle of so much commerce on the main drag of town.  It's home of the barbed wire.

And the barn on the property as well.  Burger King is just a few feet away on the right.

Very interesting engineering back in the 1800's.  Those steel rods have turnbuckles on them and were used to support the floor above when grain or hay was heavy.

Our last barn on the tour

Love how the sunlight is streaming through the cracks of deteriorated wood slats of the barn.

I spy an old wagon back there.

The owner of this barn has his blacksmith-ing business in it.

He does some pretty fabulous work.

The only thing missing on all of these barns is a barn quilt block.  There are several in the county also so one of these days the King and I will set out driving and take photos of barn quilt blocks for you.  I hope you enjoyed the barn tour.  We sure did.


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  1. Oh how neat. I never knew there was such a thing as a barn tour other than to know where they were located to drive past them. Some of those are really awesome looking old barns. Hubby and I were out on Friday and took a drive to Verona, WI. On the way home we took the route the GPS thought we should take rather than the one we knew was faster by taking the interstate most of the way. We went through about every small town you could possibly find I think, which makes for a much longer drive since you are having to slow down to 30 mph and then back up to 55mph etc.. But along the way we saw a lot of old farms and none had any quilt blocks along the way. I had to laugh because I did spot one quilt block and funny enough, it was on the front of a building right downtown in one of the towns. On one farm we passed I actually mentioned to my husband how sad it was that they are just letting their buildings all rot. It was a large farm with 3 huge barns and then the very old fashioned fencing surrounding their entire property. One large pasture area with many fences which also were very neglected appeared to have at one time been a horse operation of some type with many separated areas like you'd see on a horse farm for show horses. The house was not in the same shape as all the buildings. It made me sad to see how neglected all those old barns were.


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