The Younker Heritage barn near Parkersburg

The Younker Heritage barn near Parkersburg.

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PARKERSBURG — Some 100 historic restored barns throughout Iowa will be opened to the public during the Iowa Barn Foundation’s free self-guided, all-state barn tour from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24.

Area barns include the Younkers barn in Parkersburg, the Dodd barn near Ackley, the Miller barn in Waverly, the Buckley barn in Elma, the Blazek barn in Lawler, the Hayward round barn in Dysart and the Welter barn in Grundy Counter.

Most barns on the tour have been restored with matching grants from the Iowa Barn Foundation. Other property owners received awards of distinction from the foundation for restorations they undertook themselves.

The Iowa Barn Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization founded in 1997, raises money from individuals, foundations and corporations to give matching grants to property owners to restore their barns. The barns must be restored as closely as possible to original.

This is the only group of its kind in the country.

The purpose of the tour is to encourage barn preservation in the state, to teach young people about Iowa’s agricultural heritage and to renew pride in this heritage.

The tour is free, although donations to support the foundation’s work are appreciated. For barns on tour go to www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

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