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Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!


Sunday, July 27, 2014: Antique Tools Display, noon-4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. One-hour video presentation, "The Beauty of Barns" by barn enthusiast Carol Rowe.

Saturday, August 9, 2014: DeKalb County Barn Tour, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
One-day, self-driving tour of seven barns within DeKalb County, plus photo exhibition, guided tours of barns, and family activities. Begin the tour at either: Stop #2 Glidden Homestead; or Stop #1 DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Assn, 111 S. Second, DeKalb. Advance tickets now available!

Sunday, August 10, 2014: Arts at the Barn, noon-4:00 p.m.
Sunday afternoon Art Show and Sale: Glass sculpture; wood carving; fabric arts; paintings, lithographs, & photographs; jewelry; pottery; repurposed home decor; and books on local history and Illinois travel. More here ...

921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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