2022 Spring Barn Tour

2022 Spring Barn Tour - Iowa Barn Foundation

June 25-26, 2022, Spring Iowa Barn Foundation Tour

This is the Iowa Barn Foundation’s 25th year anniversary! Our 2022 Spring Tour, to be held on June 25-26 (Saturday and Sunday), from 9:00am to 5:30pm, will focus on barns in the area around Ellsworth, Story City, and Radcliffe, that used to be the turkey center of Iowa. Turkey barns are no longer dominant, but the area has many unique and historic barns. Also, it is a center for barns that once housed the unique, now rare, American Creams Draft horses. The tour will include the Rierson barn where American Creams originated. (Scroll down to see the Tour Map).

The self-guided tour is free and opened to the public. Woodland Farms, a sixth generation family farm, is providing a lunch featuring turkey on Sunday at 11:30am on the grounds of the Museums of Story City, 619 Grand Avenue, Story City. For reservations for the lunch, please send a check for $9 per meal by June 21st, made out to the Iowa Barn Foundation, c/o Roxanne Mehlish, 17590 730th Street, Zearing, Iowa 50278.

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1. Story City Historical Society – Bartlett House & Carriage House Museums, 619 Grand Ave, Story City, IA   (These two buildings open only 11 AM to 1 PM, Sat/Sun)

Barlett Museum

Barlett Barn

The Story City Historical Society celebrates the traditions of our earliest residents through a variety of projects, exhibits, and museums. While the Story City Historical Society was originally established in 1982 for the restoration of the community's Antique Carousel, the society now consists of four museums. The tour will feature the Bartlett House (secured in 1996) and the Carriage House (opened in 2008) museums. The Carriage House Museum features various rotating exhibits including one on a local 1870s built basement barn and the history of Woodland Farms, a six generation family farm.

The Story City Historical Society celebrates the traditions of our earliest residents through a variety of projects, exhibits, and museums. While the Story City Historical Society was originally established in 1982 for the restoration of the community's Antique Carousel, the society now consists of four museums. The tour will feature the Bartlett House (secured in 1996) and the Carriage House (opened in 2008) museums. The Carriage House Museum features various rotating exhibits including one on a local 1870s built basement barn and the history of Woodland Farms, a six generation family farm.

 

2. Bauman Barn, 105 West Broad St, Story City, IA   (Exterior viewing only)

The 1912 barn purchased in 1956 by Woodland Farms and Ted Hermanson for their turkey raising and remains today and will be a drive-by on the tour. It is now owned by Dave and Nicole Bauman. There will not be access to the interior, but visitors may park and take photos of the exterior.

Barlett Museum

Bauman Museum

 

3. Rierson Barn, 21697 Hwy S21, Radcliffe, IA

This 1920s barn was constructed on the C.T. Rierson farmstead, also known as Ardmore Stock Farms. This barn played a key role in origin of the American Cream Draft Horse.

Rierson

Rierson

 

4. Dial Barn, 2589 Ubben Ave, Williams, IA

The farm was owned by the Doolittle family from 1888-1936. The materials (glazed clay tile) and style (gothic roof) were popular in the first two to three decades after 1900. It is believed the barn was built in 1920.The barn had a cedar shingle roof and was in bad shape. Dairy stations and gutters were removed. (It was used for dairy cows by the Grandgeorge family who owned it from 1938-1974 and put in a new concrete floor ,repaired the hay mow floor, and added a user friendly staircase rather than the original ladder access). The hay mow is used to store hay, straw and other things. A new pen system was built for sheep, pigs, horses, an occasional cow and guard animals . The warm room (now used to store livestock supplies) is still much the same but an exterior door was added.

Dial barn

Dial barn

 

5. Jim and Pat Hill Farm, 3139 300th St, Ellsworth, IA

This barn was standing when Jim’s grandfather bought the farm in 1920. He lost the farm in the Great Depression but Jim’s dad bought the farm back after the Depression. During the 1940s and 1950s, the barn was home to hogs and cattle, and a team of work horses. Jim’s dad cared for the work horses and valued all the work they had done, so he did not sell them knowing they might go to slaughter. The barn went from holding loose hay in the mow to small bales.

Hill farm

Hill interior barn

 

6. Ryan and Liz Hill Farm, 3121 320th Street, Ellsworth, IA

This barn was built in 1881, and it was originally utilized for draft horses. It was later converted to house cattle. It features a beautiful stone foundation, which were likely harvested locally. The interior architecture of this barn must be seen in person to fully appreciate.

Ryan-Hill farm

Ryan-Hill farm

 

7. Wade and Carina Wahlert Barn, 3461 240th St, Williams, IA

This early 1900s barn is located on one of the farms rented by Charles Knox to house his American Cream Draft horses. The Wahlert family acquired the barn in 1971 when Wade’s grandparents purchased the farmstead. The barn is still in active use for horses and sheep.

Wade and Carina Wahlert Barn

Wade and Carina Wahlert Barn

 

8. Wayne and Connie Wahlert Barn, 2330 Ziegler Avenue, Williams, IA

The Wayne and Connie Wahlert Barn in Williams was likely built in the 1920s. The two-story barn was built to accommodate the Iowa farm of the times, which included space for dairy cattle and work horses. The barn features a self-supporting gambrel, which maximized hay storage in the second level.

Wayne’s family purchased the farm in 1950. Wayne’s uncle lived in a small tenant house and milked cows in the barn for many years. The dairy stalls remain as part of a diving wall to house beef cattle that were kept in the east side of the barn after the dairy operation ended.

The west side of the barn was modified to house pig farrowing stalls, then later used for breeding and gestation after a separate farrowing house was built on the farm. Hog farming continued in the barn into 2008.

While the barn is no longer actively used for farming operations, it is still in use by Wayne’s son’s family to house 4-H project sheep.

Wayne and Connie Wahlert Barn

Wayne and Connie Wahlert Barn

Spring Tour Map, 2022
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Photo Credits: Dave Austin

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