These Eastern Iowan barns represent the history of Iowa agriculture, and the state's heritage. In 1950, Iowa had about 200,000 barns. Fifteen years ago, it was down to 50,000 barns. Now the state is losing about 1,000 barns per year. The Iowa Barn Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 with the sole mission of saving Iowa's historic barns.
So far, the group has raised more than $2 million and funded restoration of nearly 300 barns in the state. Each fall is the foundation's All-State Barn Tour (Sept. 16 and 17 in 2023) and a more centralized June tour. In 2024, the June tour will feature barns in Black Hawk and Tama counties. Barns highlighted here are among 72 barns featured on the fall 2023 tours, located in Eastern Iowa.
The self-guided tour is free and open to the public. Full tour details can be found online at https://iowabarnfoundation.org/barn-tour/2023-fall.