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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!


Join Us for  2015: "Icons Of Innovation"

10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Second and Fourth Sundays
Noon - 4:00 PM
Special events May through November

Sunday, October 11 from noon-4 PM, you can tour the home where Joseph Glidden and his family lived when he created his most famous invention.
Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.
Glidden Homestead and Pay-It-Forward House in Sycamore are joining together for a fundraiser with Sweet Desserts!

A portion of the price of each dessert sold will help pay for operating costs at Pay-It-Forward House and Glidden Homestead.

Orders are due by Oct. 27 and will arrive in time for Thanksgiving.

Pickup is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Kindred Hospital in Sycamore. Glidden Homestead customers have the choice of an alternate pickup location at the Homestead, 921 W. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb. 

For information email info@GliddenHomestead.org to have a form emailed to you or call 815-756-7904. Forms also available HERE!
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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