Important and historic barns throughout Iowa will be open to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s two-day, self-guided 2017 All-State Barn Tour Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
More details of this All-State Barn Tour will be available in July or August, 2017 - watch this space.
Most barns on tour have been restored with matching grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation.
Other property owners received an Award of Distinction from the IBF 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.
This is the only group of its kind in the country.
The purpose of the tour is to encourage barn preservation in Iowa, 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.
Some of Iowa’s earliest barns will be on tour.
More information about the Iowa Barn Foundation is on this web site.
If you have specific questions, please e-mail Jolene Witt -
The Western Division covers:
West-North Counties -
Lyon, Oscelo, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Sioux, Obrien, Clay, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Cherokee, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, and Humboldt.
West-Center Counties -
Woodbury, Ida, Sac, Calhoun, Monona, Crawford, Carroll, Harrison, Shelby, Audubon, and Guthie.
West-South Counties -
Pottawattamie, Cass, Adair, Mills, Montgomery, Adams, Fremont, Page, and Taylor.
The Central Division covers:
Central-North Counties -
Winnebago, Worth, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Wright, and Franklin.
Central-Center Counties -
Webster, Hamilton, Hardin, Greene, Boone, Story, Marshall, Dallas, Polk, and Jasper.
Central-South Counties -
Madison, Warren, Marion, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne, and Appanoose.
The Eastern Division covers:
East-North Counties -
Mitchell, Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Floyd, Chickasaw, Fayette, Clayton, Butler, and Bremer.
East-Center Counties -
Grundy, Blackhawk, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Tama, Benton, Linn, Jones, Jackson, Poweshiek, Iowa, Johnson, Cedar, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine.
East-South Counties -
Mahaska, Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren, and Lee.
Below is the Smith Family Barn in northeast Iowa, built in 1917. The sixth generation of the Smith family is now operating this farm, which received an Award of Distinction Award the Iowa Barn Foundation for restorations they undertook themselves.