This special section of The Barn Journal examines the
unique architecture of several round barns. You will also find a
listing of round barn events / displays and special publications.
Selected Round Barns
"Efficiency of the Round
How Many Round Barns?
Round Barn Events and Displays
Round Barn Bibliography
See also the The Barn Journal Barn Events section.
Fulton County Museum Headquarters (Rochester, IN) The round barn that serves as the Museum headquarters was built in 1924 and moved to the present site in 1990-91. Farm machinery and antique tools are on display. The County Museum also features 17 display areas on such diverse topics as indians, transportation, military, circus, period kitchens, and more. There is also a Living History Village with a log cabin, blacksmith shop, windmill, and stagecoach inn.
The Museum is open Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m - 5 p.m. Please contact Fulton county Historical Society, Inc., 37 E. 375 N, Rochester, IN 46975, or phone (219) 223-4436. Contact Shirley Willard, Director, at (219) 223-4436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schuster's Centennial Round Barn (Dane County, WI) celebrated its 100th anniversary on September 27-28, 2003. The Schuster barn is 60' in diameter on a limestone foundation and features limestone walls 2' thick. There is a 12' diameter silo in the center-again with 2' limestone walls. Read about renovation efforts and continuing events at userpages.chorus.net/playtime.
See also the The Barn Journal Barn Resources section.
- Secrest 1883 Octagonal Barn, featuring photos and information about
the Secrest farmstead and its round barn in West Branch, Iowa. Visit
the site at earphone.oto.uiowa.edu/octbarn.
- Hanou, John. A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State.
West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1993.
- Frydenlund, Bob and Kathy. How to Build and Love Your Own Round Barn. Available from The Round Barn Farm, 1645 Richmond, WI 54017. $14.95 plus $1.50 shipping.
Ed. note: A valuable 72 pages containing 40 plus photographs of the Frydenlunds 1914 barn in St. Croix county, WI. Included are fourteen construction and layout drawings from 19th century publications as well as a section on their preservation efforts. A useful resource if you want to build your own round barn, or preserve any style barn.
- Keister, Kim. "Local Hero." Historic Preservation,
Jan/Feb 1993, pp.42-49.
An Oklahoma barn is saved by a 78-year old retired carpenter.
- Soike, Lowell. Without Right Angles, The Round Barns of Iowa.
Penfield Press. 2nd Edition 1990, 104 pages.