MUSCATINE — The barn at the Discovery Center has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Louden barn was built in 1927.
The Friends of the Old Barn will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. All are welcome to visit.
This barn is one of the largest Louden barns, and its roof design makes it architecturally unique. It has been called a wooden cathedral. There are no interior support posts.
Other events will be held Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 28 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Group tours may be arranged by contacting John Haskins at 563-571-0401 or any of the Friends board members.
John Haskins presenting for the Friends of the Old Barn.
This photo of the Heinz tomato harvest at the Harold Timm farm west of Muscatine in 1965 will be among the historical artifacts on display at the Old Barn, during a series of events centered around the area's agricultural history.
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The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to take out the small loop behind the Old Barn, which begins on the left, and convert the section into green space. The road to the right will remain in place.
Shelly Maharry, the new president of the Friends of the Old Barn, speaks to the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors Monday morning.
The cottage near the old barn was examined for mold and asbestos before Monday's meeting.
Friends of the Old Barn president, John Haskins, talks about one of the stanchions located on the ground floor of the Old Barn.
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The Muscatine County Farm Dairy Barn or "The Old Barn" is one of the last remaining Gothic-style barns in the state, and the only one open to the public. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year.
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From the outside the Old Barn, near Discovery Park in Muscatine, looks like an ordinary barn. Its true size is apparent once on the second floor where it is wide open, and has a cathedral-like ceiling.
Old Barn-second floor
From the outside, the Old Barn, near Discovery Park in Muscatine, looks like an ordinary barn. Its true size is apparent once on the second floor where it is wide open and has a cathedral-like ceiling.
Education is part of the mission of the Friends of the Old Barn. On display are farm tools from the 1920s, many donated by area residents.
Muscatine Co. Supervisors
Residents packed Monday's Muscatine County Supervisors meeting to express concern about the future of the Old Barn at Discovery Park in Muscatine.
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Friends of the Old Barn Secretary/Treasurer Paul Carroll said he hoped residents and businesses will support the group's efforts to save the Old Barn.
An old barn that sits on the Red Fern Farm owned by Tom Wahl and Kathy Dice of Wapello.
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Kate Schlawin, 10, of Muscatine, helps to plant some flowers and ornamental grasses at the cottage near the old barn in Muscatine Wednesday afternoon.
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Saxby Stein, 8, left, and Jack Zorich, 8, both of Muscatine, dig a hole to plant some ornamental grass at the cottage by the old barn near Discovery Park in Muscatine. For two days, children learned all about plants and flowers.
Amelia Thomas, 6, paints a bench she crafted at the Old Barn display on June 11. The Old Barn event had a dairy goat theme.
Katelyn Boeding (right)helps Steve and Kealy Nienhaus (left) are petting a bunny during the Old Barn display on June 11. The Old Barn had a dairy goat theme.
The Old Barn in Discovery Park was built in 1926.
Pam Hafner and her granddaughter Hanna Clelland make a sign for Hafner’s garden during the Old Barn open house on Saturday in Muscatine.
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The Old Barn at Discovery Park.
The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors voted to prepare a nomination for the Muscatine County Farm Barn, or "Old Barn", to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Thomas Harris, of Wapello, participates in the hog-calling contest at the Louisa County Bacon Festival Saturday morning at the Old Auction Barn in Wapello.
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Madeline Wallace, a six-year-old Muscatine resident, plays with some toys at a table that's new to Muscatine's Old Barn. Madeline was one of the dozens of participants who turned out for Family Night at Discovery Park, part of the PatriART Week celebration.
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The Friends of the Old Barn plan to pay for a second exit in in the southwest corner of the Old Barn loft (on the left in this photo).
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Before Muscatine’s Old Barn can house any more large celebrations, such as a wedding or reunion, a few changes will have to be made. The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors met with the Friends of the Old Barn and Muscatine’s health and housing coordinator Monday evening to discuss the needed changes. Photo: Mike Ferguson/Muscatine Journal
Bride Ashley Van Wyk hugs her second cousin, Kajsa Roelle, on Saturday as she and groom Ty Van Wyk (left), receive guests following their wedding ceremony at the
Old Barn in Muscatine. Photo: Cynthia Beaudette/Muscatine Journal
Guests at Ashley Gerst and Ty Van Wyk’s wedding gather for the
wedding Saturday in the spacious loft of the Old Barn in Muscatine. Saturday’s ceremony was the first wedding held in the Old Barn, but another is scheduled for October. Photo: Cynthia Beaudette/Muscatine Journal
Don Stange, right, and 5-year-old Julissa Williams shell corn at an open house at the Old Barn in Muscatine. Stange, 87, volunteered during the event. He once worked on the farm when it was operational many years ago.
Friends of the Old Barn gets to use cottage
The Muscatine County Board of Supervisors will lease the caretaker cottage at the County Farm, located at 3300 Cedar St., to Friends of the Old Barn. Beth Van Zandt/Muscatine Journal