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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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Join Us for  2019: "Center of it All"
See 2018 Calendar HERE.

"Soup-er" Tuesdays

March 26, 2019

Enjoy Soup and a Tour at Glidden Homestead’s “Soup-er” Tuesdays
Warm soup is good on any cold winter day. But when you add guided tours of the site where barbed wire was invented, it’s an unbeatable combination.
“Soup-er” Tuesdays at Glidden Homestead offers warm soup and tours of the Homestead and Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Open for Tours 

Regular hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
And by special arrangement.
Call or email for details.

Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

Learn Blacksmithing at Glidden Homestead
More classes and instruction coming soon.
There is a fee of $20 per participant.

To sign up or for more information contact info@glidenhomestead.org
or call 815-756-7904

New 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.

2018 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 11, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thank you for a GREAT Tour!
See you August 10, 2019 with a new selection of 8 great DeKalb County barns.
Purchase tickets:

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.
Plan your visit: 2018 Barn Tour Map

See the Facebook page.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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