Some 100 historic restored barns throughout Iowa will be opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s free, self-guided, all-state barn tour Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.


Most barns on tour have been restored with matching grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation. Other property owners received awards of distinction from the foundation for restorations they undertook themselves.


The Iowa Barn Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by a group of folks with Iowa roots, raises money from individuals, foundations and corporations to give matching grants to property owners to restore their barns. The barns must be restored as closely as possible to original. The property owner must sign a perpetual easement when receiving a grant.


This is the only group of its kind in the country.


The purpose of the tour is to encourage barn preservation in the state, to teach young people about Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage and to renew pride in this unique heritage. Owners will discuss the barns and their histories at many stops. Visitors are expected from around the country. The effort has encouraged barn preservation throughout Iowa and beyond.


The tour is free, although donations to support the foundation’s work are appreciated.


For barns on tour go to www.iowabarnfoundation.org; for questions, contact Roxanne Mehlisch, 641 487 7690 or mehlisch@netins.net.