Iowa: A tour of the state's historic, landmark barn beauties
Barns are a rich part of Iowa's agricultural history and a powerful symbol of the American heartland. Since 1997, the Iowa Barn Foundation has been helping barn owners restore their historic structures. Now the public can visit round ones, square ones, white ones, brick red ones across the state on Sept. 28 and 29 during the free, self-guided 2013 All-State Barn Tour. An inscription from an early barn owner inside the Marlow-Saak barn in south central Iowa reads: "As an immigrant from England and recent American citizen, I have come to realize Midwestern barns are like the churches and cathedrals of Europe in scale and importance to the landscape." Here are some examples of Iowa's restored barns.
-- Mary Forgione
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Iowa All-State Barn Tour
The Gribble Barn is a Czech-style barn that still stands on a family farm, and old-fashioned barn dances are held here too. It's in Fort Atkinson in Winneshiek County, about 85 miles south of Rochester, Minn.