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Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!


Sunday, October 26, noon-4 p.m.
Blacksmithing with the Community Big Read. Would you expect to find a blacksmith character in a fantasy novel? Read DeKalb Public Library's 2014 Big Read, Wizard of Earthsea, then come to the Homestead and learn more about blacksmithing, where demonstrations will be given in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop. Kids can try their hand at a kid-friendly blacksmithing activity too! Tours and activities are free, thanks to the DeKalb Public Library.

Sunday, November 2, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Barbed Wire Sites Bus Tour

Sites on the tour this year will showcase barbed wire baron Jacob Haish. Tickets are now available at $15 each, $12 for Homestead members. Get yours soon, as buses fill fast. Pre-registration is required--call or email the Homestead. The two-hour tours will be led by DeKalb historian Steve Bigolin and Haish descendant Jeff Marshall. More info ...  Noon-4:00 p.m. The Homestead will also be open for regular tours and blacksmith demonstrations.

Sunday, November 16, noon-4:00 p.m.
Holiday Happenings

Join us for entertainment and refreshments as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and the end of the "Year of the Barn" tour season. This is the last chance this year to tour the Homestead and watch blacksmith demonstrations in the Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop.

921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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