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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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Visit GLIDDEN HOMESTEAD!

2022 Season Calendar Coming Soon! Check here for updates!

Opening Day is Sunday, June 12! We will be open 12-4 PM. Stop by to tour the homestead and barn, and see blacksmith demonstrations. More details coming soon.

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

Become a MEMBER today.
Or JOIN online: HERE.


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@gliddenhomestead.org
or call 815-756-7904

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.





 
 
2022 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 13, 2022 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

See you August 13, 2022 with a new selection of great DeKalb County barns.
Purchase tickets:
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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