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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!


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We have "closed" for the winter, and will be open only for programs, or by appointment. See the "Calendar" tab. Call 815-756-7904 or email info@gliddenhomestead.org for more information.


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Research by NIU History graduate student and Glidden Homestead intern Hannah Palsa over Joseph F. Glidden's Percheron horses. Glidden owned and bred Percheron horses for many years which allows for a greater understanding of Glidden's horse husbandry and impact on the Percheron draft horse. Read about the impact HERE.





 
 
Thanks for making the 2022 DeKalb County Barn Tour a great success!

See you August 12, 2023 with a new selection of great DeKalb County barns.

www.dekalbcountybarntour.com




The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association.


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921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
info@gliddenhomestead.org
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