A piece of history

Williams barn on display during State Tour Sept. 24-25

—Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Adri Sietstra The 2017 Iowa All-State Barn Tour will take place Sept. 24-25 across the state. The barn pictured above, located just outside of Williams, is the only Hamilton County barn to be featured this year. Ron Adams owns the barn.

WILLIAMS — Barns serve many purposes. They house livestock. They store farm equipment. What many don’t know is that these agricultural structures are pieces of history. The Iowa Barn Foundation celebrates this history each year with a state-wide tour of unique barns.

The 2017 Iowa All-State Barn Tour will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday Sept. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The tour is free and open to the public. Attendees are able to travel across Iowa for two days to see unique, longstanding structures in nearly every Iowa county. Barn owners will be available to speak about their properties at each location.

A Williams barn, owned by Ron Adams, will be featured on the two-day tour. This is the only barn in Hamilton County featured on the tour. Adams’ barn received an Award of Distinction from the Iowa Barn Foundation after he restored the building. This structure, built in 1940, features a unique construction with tongue and groove wood. What makes this barn special is the wood that makes up the barn goes in a vertical direction instead of horizontal.

“It was either save it or lose it,” said Adams. “I put a new steel roof on it and painted it.”

According to Adams, many barns around Williams were built by the same people, but had special characteristics that made them each unique. This is the 12th year Adams’ barn has been on the tour. He will be present both days for visitors passing through to view the 77-year-old barn.

“I really enjoy this tour,” said Adams. “I’ve had people from across the country come take a look. It’s something that is very unique.”

Adams’ barn is located at 1100 Evergreen Lane, right outside of Williams.

For a full list of Iowa barns on the tour visit www.iowabarnfoundation.org.

The IBF is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997. The organization raises money from individuals, foundations and corporations to give matching grants to property owners to restore their barns. In order to receive this grant, the barn must be restored as close as possible to the original structure.

The purpose of this annual tour is to help preserve and restore barns across the state. According to the IBF, this is the only group of its kind in the country.