DeKalb County Barn Tour is back for August

Southern DeKalb County Barn Doors Open for Tour

After a year hiatus because of the COVID-19 virus, the organizers are more than happy to announce that the DeKalb County Barn Tour is back for 2021.

This year’s tour will be held in the southeastern part of DeKalb County in Somonauk and Sandwich townships on Aug.14, starting at 9 a.m.

The tour consists of six barns and an historic old country church.

The barn tour is a self-guided tour. You start at any of the properties on the tour, buy your ticket ($25 for a car load and includes a guide book), tour that property, and learn its history from each of the owners.

You can follow the map in the guide book or go to any of the barns in any order you prefer. Stay at each barn as long as you want, take pictures, and enjoy the fresh country air.

On the tour you will see the historic Somonauk UP Church built in the mid-1800’s. It was the first church built in DeKalb County and its early members were involved in the Underground Railroad.

One barn has been completely refurbished inside and is now set up for family entertainment. There is at least one barn that is on a Centennial Farm. There is also a barn with a horse stable on the tour this year.

Most properties will be having some type of farm related activity. All the properties will be showing photos and mementos that are unique to that property. Several vendors on the tour will be selling fresh produce and honey. Several properties will have farm animals there.

More information can be found on the Facebook page “Barn Tour Of DeKalb County IL.”

The Barn Tour is a fundraiser for the J.F.Glidden Homestead and the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA). Tickets can be purchased onsite or in advance at

(Caption) The OakDale barn on West Sandwich Road has been well maintained and refurbished for family entertainment. Owners Joe and Deb Fraser will share its history on the Aug. 14 Barn Tour.