Eleventh annual barn keepers barn tour featuring Allin Township in McLean County, IL
Saturday, Sept 10, 2016
9 A.M.-4 P.M
Barn Keepers has organized a barn tour featuring 12 sites, including barns, a remodeled 128 year old farm home with other items being added.
The event is Saturday, Sept.10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with registration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Welcome Center for purchasing the Barn Tour History Booklet and map is located at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 550 N. 200 East. , McLean Il. Directions: from Stanford, Il. travel south through town on Co. Rd 59(250 E.) , go 2 miles and turn right on 800 N. Rd. go ½ mile and turn left on 200 East Rd. to the Ebenezer Church located on the corner of 550 N. and 200 East Rd.
Barn information and census maps will be available as well as the opportunity to talk with a barn restoration contractor.
The church will have coffee and donuts available in the morning as well as a light lunch being served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At 1 p.m. you won’t want to miss a talk given by Bill Kemp who is the Librarian at the McLean County History Museum in Bloomington. His topic will be” The History and Highlights of Allin Township”.
The tour is self-guided and barns can be viewed on the interior. Someone will be stationed at each barn to answer questions.
The event Is held RAIN or SHINE.
Parking is available near all the barns. Bicyclists are welcome. Admission is $20 per carload and $15 for members. Extra books are available for $5.
Barn Keepers promotes the restoration, preservation, and repurposing of barns. Additional information is available at this website or 309-475-6951 or 309-963-4915. Title sponsor is Bates Commodities and supporting sponsors: Drake Zimmerman, Stanford Grain and Twin Groves Wind Farm.
The McLean Co. Barn Keepers will be holding a meeting open to the public on Thursday evening, September 8, at the Evergreen FS Building,
402 N Hershey , Bloomington, beginning at 7 p.m.
The meeting for the evening will feature Steve Hoselton from Lexington. Steve is the owner and operator of the “Anvil Brand Shoe Co”. This company manufactures and sells all kinds and sizes of horse shoes. They make shoes for all horses in sizes from the giant Clydesdales to the smallest pony. They also make and sell all kinds of farrier’s tools(for those folks who shoe horses).
As an interesting sideline they also manufacture and sell all sizes of anvils. A lot of iron in those big and heavy items! The Anvil Co. markets
these items to customers throughout the U.S.A. Steve will bring samples to the program.
As a matter of interest for those of you who attended our barn tour last year, the barn where this company started was on our barn tour.
As a reminder this year’s Barn Tour is Saturday, Sept. 10 in Allin Township. www.barnkeepers.org