Barn Tours sponsored by the Iowa Barn Foundation
All-State Barn Tours
The Iowa Barn Foundation's most important event is the All-State Barn Tour, held every year.
The 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.
During the tour, tour maps are available at each barn. At many barns, 4-H members sell lemonade and cookies. Other barns have special displays. 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.
Local Barn Tours
Smaller local Barn Tours are usually held in the spring of most years. The June 2013 Spring Tour features historic barns in Madison, Clarke, and Decatur Counties.
Click on the menu to the left to see details and photos of each of the tours.