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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!

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Join Us for  2018: "Time Machine"
More program info soon.

See 2017 Calendar HERE.

Join Us for "Soup-er" Tuesdays
No reservations necessary
OPEN EVERY Tuesday in March

Regular hours: Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
And by special arrangement.
Call or email for details.

Admission is $4 per adult and free for children younger than 14.

Learn Blacksmithing at Glidden Homestead
Saturday, March 24
Basic Blacksmithing from 10 a.m. to noon
Fundamental Forging from 1 p.m. to 400 p.m. 
There is a fee of $20 per participant.

To sign up or for more information contact info@glidenhomestead.org
or call 815-756-7904

Give DeKalb County is coming up May 3rd from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM!

 Please, join and support Glidden Homestead:


New research by NIU History student and Glidden Homestead intern Jeanette Volintine on Glidden Family Heraldry. This is an important read for understanding heraldry in America and your own family's heraldry. Read it HERE.

2018 DeKalb County Barn Tour
August 11, 2018 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for a GREAT Tour!
See you in August with a new selection of 8 great DeKalb County barns.

The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association.
Plan your visit: 2017 Barn Tour Map pg 1 Barn Tour Map pg 2 

Buy 2018 tickets at the starting point or at any barn site.
See the Facebook page.
Click here for the 2017 Barn Tour brochure.
921 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115
(815) 756-7904
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