Annual All-State Barn Tours
The annual All-State Barn Tour is Iowa Barn Foundation's most important event.
The All-State Barn Tour features restored barns that have received Iowa Barn Foundation matching grants, along with barns whose owners have restored their barns using their own money and received an Award of Distinction.
The 2001 All-State Barn Tour was the first of it's kind in the United States.
The All-State Barn Tour has been organized to encourage barn preservation in Iowa, to teach young people about Iowa's rich agricultural heritage, and to renew pride in this heritage. The tour is arranged so that you can go from barn to barn on your own, as time and distances permit.
Local Barn Tours
Smaller local Barn Tours are held in the spring of most years. For instance the June 2013 Spring Tour featured historic barns in Madison, Clarke, and Decatur Counties.
During these tours, tour maps are available at each barn. At many barns, 4-H members sell lemonade and cookies. Other barns have special displays and presentations. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to join the Iowa Barn Foundation if they are not already a member.
The barns on tour are typical of Iowa barns that have served farmers well. These restored barns illustrate how barns can be brought back to their original glory.
Some of the barns were featured in Iowa Public Television's Saving Iowa's Barns. Others have been featured in newspapers such as the Des Moines Register and Iowa Farmer Today. See links to some of these on our Museums & Barns page.
Click on the menu to the left to see details and photos of each of our tours.