It has been an absolutely gorgeous first weekend in autumn. We decided to have a nice drive in the country to enjoy it, inspired by a newspaper article announcing a barn tour. Iowa is the only state that has a society dedicated to the preservation of historically interesting barns, and many of their owners offer the public a chance to see and explore them. I didn’t count the ones that were mentioned on the website, but there must have been a hundred or so. We spent about six hours and visited three counties; three barns that were on the list; one that wasn’t, but whose owner had extended an invitation through one of the regulars; and another that we found by accident.
As we were driving to the last place that we’d planned, our route took us into the town of Manning and we saw a sign for the Hausbarn Memorial Park and immediately decided to check that out instead, and what a find!
This massive old barn, in which a family lived with their livestock, was built in Germany in 1660 (no, that is NOT a typo!) and was bought, completely disassembled, shipped to Iowa, and reassembled in 1999. A fine finish to a fine day!