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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!


Join Us for  2015: "Icons Of Innovation"

10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Second and Fourth Sundays
Noon - 4:00 PM

Tour the Glidden Homestead historic site and see blacksmith demonstrations. This is where barbed wire was invented. 
Special events May through November.

Sunday, June 28, 2015 starting at 10:00 AM Program begins at NOON.

Lucinda Glidden and the Railroad Breakfast
In 1853, the railroad came through DeKalb. Joseph Glidden had granted right of way through his property because he felt was certain that the railway would be a great boon to DeKalb. To celebrate the occasion of the new railroad, the Glidden family hosted a breakfast for the crew and guests.
Enjoy a tasty commemorative brunch and, in the afternoon, hear about the railroad and that historical event where it took place on the grounds of the Glidden Homestead. The event is hosted by Sarah Glidden DeMink, a Glidden descendent and Homestead Board Member. The Homestead will serve biscuits and homemade jam from Peg’s Picks. A limited supply of Peg’s Picks jams will be available for purchase. The event is free with the price of admission.
August 8, 2015 9:00 am - 4:00 pm DeKalb County Barn Tour

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 and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center.

Participants will receive a map Guide Book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn and the barn’s history, style and use. 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 seven locations.

Admission is $20 per vehicle (buses extra) (Museum members receive a 25% discount). Bus groups are welcome. Call for details on pricing; Marcia Wilson at the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center at (815) 756-7904 or info@gliddenhomestead.org.
Purchase your 2015 DeKalb County Barn Tour tickets HERE.
Arts at the Barn 
Sunday, August 9th, 10am. to 4 p.m. at the Glidden Homestead. 
More information HERE
Are you an artist interested in participating? REGISTRATION FORM HERE.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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