The Iowa Barn Foundation would like to see every barn and historical agricultural building preserved. Sometimes this is not always possible. Old barns and other structures are sometimes no longer wanted or are too deteriorated to economically repair. Still others collapse due to severe storms, neglect, and the ravages of time. Your old barn can live on, however, when you donate its pieces to other Iowans who are restoring their barns.
We encourage anyone planning to dismantle a barn to carefully reconsider their decision. Each year, over 1000 barns disappear forever from the Iowa landscape. Barns are precious historical buildings that are becoming very scarce in much of the state. In many parts of the midwest, barns that were once a common sight along the highways have disappeared entirely. If at all possible, please do not tear down, dismantle, or sell your barn!
Iowa Barn Foundation members who are restoring their barns are always looking for vintage beams, siding, hardware, cupolas, lightning rods, etc. to help complete their barn restoration project. Your donation of barn materials to these barn owners helps preserve the environment by recycling precious and often irreplaceable materials, and enables your barn to live on, if only in part.
Below is space for you to list your available barn materials. Your listing remains active for six months or until canceled, whichever occurs first. Your listing can be resubmitted after they expire.
⚫ Description of the item you are donating, including dimensions, etc. You may include photographs.
⚫ City, state, and county where the item is located.
⚫ Your name, e-mail address, and telephone number.
Submit your information to the IBF webmaster:
Aug 11, 2014, Free Barn Lumber
Ginnie reports that, "A gentleman stopped by the booth at the fair the other day and wants to give away barn lumber. They would have to dismantle the barn to get the lumber. The barn is approximately 40 x 60. Has lots of 2x6's, and 4x6's. Twenty feet or more in length. And other lumber as well. Near Jefferson, Iowa. The owner is selling property and the new owner doesn't want the barn - he will burn it down if no one takes the lumber. Would be late November or December before they could begin."
For information about this lumber, call Ron McBroom at his land line (515-834-2026), or email Ginnie and Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org, and they will let the barn owner know so the barn owner can then contact you directly.
Go to the Iowa DOT map, then click on a County.