Round Red Barn

Nadya Johnson

Joined January 2009

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A refurbished beauty / northern Illinois (USA)

FEATURED in A COUNTRY ROAD & COUNTRY VIEWS
FEATURED in FARM and COUNTRY
FEATURED in EXPLORING AMERICA


The earliest round barns in the midwest and in Illinois specifically, date to the 1820s, but the “round barn era” as it’s known now spanned the decades from 1880 to 1920.

Three University of Illinois round barns played a special role in the promotion and popularity of the American round barn, all located in the city of Urbana, on the campus of the University of Illinois. Still standing and in use today, these “experimental” buildings inspired hundreds to be built across the state and were known then as now, for their “economy of consideration, low maintenance, and labor efficiency.” It was also thought that round barns withstood strong winds, heavy snow and winter weather in general, better than traditional barns – thus their great popularity. Unlike this one, many were “banked” into a slope or hillock on their rear-facing side and offered more protection yet both for the animals within and the structures themselves.

Although many of the old round barns are gone, many still exist. There is even a Round Barn Farm in Manhattan, Illinois — 94 acres featuring not only barns but antique farm equipment, picnic areas, a petting zoo, train rides, pony rides, and in fall a pumpkin patch, a haunted house and pig races. This is a “real” barn on a real farm, not part of that attraction… it’s off Highway 20 in between Galena, Illinois and Rockford to the east.

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