What is it?
The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map guide book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn as well as the barn's history, style and use. For an additional price, five-year anniversary books will be available. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s), including many interiors. Purchase your event ticket at any of the eight locations. Be aware that this is an outdoor activity that may involve walking on uneven ground. Admission is $25 per vehicle (buses extra) (museum members receive a $5 discount).
When is it?
August 11, 2018 9am-4pm
Are there directions?
Click on the button to download the PDF of a map
What are the locations?
Stop 1: Rollo Town Hall
2266 Suydam Rd, Earlville
Activities: Purchase your tour ticker at this location (or at any barn site), picnic shelter, playground, restrooms. The town hall is open to tour.
Lunch option from Red Home Farm - Featuring Grass Fed Beef (additional fees)
Barn 1: H&J Svendsen Farm
1760 Whitman Road, Earlville
Activities: Access to upstairs hay loft in barn
Hay lifting demonstration -- weather dependent
1956 tractor on display
Fresh market vendor with maple syrup and garden ornaments (additional fees)
Barn 2: Goble Round Barn
240 South Paw Paw Road, Earlville - - Octagon Barn
Activities: Meet barn sketch artist David Alan Badger and get your guidebook autographed!
Barn 3: Sandford Barn
1508 Earlville Road, Earlville
Activities: "Big Boy" hand crafted wooden train model displayed.
Purchase raffle tickets here. Tickets will also be available at each Barn location during the tour on August 11.
Display of 19th century Manny Reaper, a walk behind plow, a 1951 Farmall Cub tractor and a Case Model SC tractor
Barn 4: Willard-Kern Farm
3553 Chicago Road, Paw Paw
Activity: Lunch option of hot dogs and chips served by the Kern grandchildren (additional fees)
Barn 5: Callison Family Farm
5228 West County Line Road, Paw Paw
Activity: Vintage/Antique Shop - In Barn (additional fees)
Barn 6: Quinn Farm
2029 Sleepy Hollow Road, Earlville
Activities: Try milking Maggie the fiberglass cow provided by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau
Examine a 19th century check-row planter
See the child-size replica of the barn on display
Pick up a souvenir at the tote bag vendor (additional fees)
Barn 7: C & A Svendsen Farm
1698 Hyde Road, Earlville - - Octagon Corn Crib & Barn
Activities: All ages are invited to take part in a Barn Raising activity of a 1/6 scale model of a 3-bay post and beam barn. This activity is hourly on the half hour starting at 9:30 am. Presented by Dennis Buck, Heritage Interpreter at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's Kline Creek Farm. This activity takes 20 - 30 minutes.
Hay lifting demonstrations will take place throughout the day
Barn 8: Sanderson Farm
5783 Sanderson Road, Leland - - Active Pig Farm
Activities: See another method of hauling hay into a hay mow.
Enjoy the antique farm equipment on display
View a 1907 corn crib with corn stored on the cob
Barn 1 Sponsored By Pioneer State Bank
Buses are welcome on the tour. It is $5 per person and comes with complimentary
Tours for the bus driver and tour guide
Two tour books
Additional books are $5 per person
Please call to reserve and coordinate