July 13 & 14, 2013
Welcome to the 6th Annual Whiteside County Barn Tour!
The 2013 tour begins at the RKR & Associates, 9585 Henry Road, Morrison, where you will find our first barn. RKR is a landscape nursery so be sure and check out the beautifully landscaping around the property, too.
The tour will include a total of ten barns and one historic site. Leaving RKR, barn enthusiasts will meander west towards barns 2-5. You will see a variety of interesting architectural styles in the first five barns.
The Whiteside County Cattleman's Association will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs at barn #5. Seating will be available for you to enjoy your lunch.
After lunch, you will visit barn #6 that will also have antique farm equipment on display.
Stop #7 is a historical site - the Albany Indian Mounds. Originally made up of 96 burial mounds, the site is older than either the Cahokia or Dickson Mounds. The site has a parking lot and picnic shelter, walking trails, and interpretive signs.
The tour concludes with four more barns. Along with the barns, you will see more antique farm equipment and livestock.
Tour Hours: Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sunday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $20 per vehicle-No Advance Sales (admission includes tour book and map)
Tour starts at RKR & Associates-9585 Henry Road, Morrison, Illinois (From Interstate 88, take EXIT 26, the Morrison-Prophetstown exit. Head north on Highway 78 and then turn west on to Black Road. Henry Road will be the first road on your left.)
Throughout the Midwest, historians are lamenting the disappearance of barns. The sentimental response to the plight of dying barns goes beyond the rustic appeal of the architecture. A barn is the most easily identifiable feture of early American farms. As such it is symbolic of a way of life rapidly disappearing from the American landscape.