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2019 Barn Tour

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Barn Tour is a yearly staple for Johnson County natives in the know. Barns around northern Johnson County are on our list to explore and experience in full! Don’t worry about the summer heat, the tour will travel in style in an air-conditioned motor coach. Lunch, catered by local Iowa City favorite The Cottage, is included in the price of admission.

To register for this event, please call JCHS at (319) 351-5738 OR email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org with the following information: names of attendees, preferred phone number, how many attending, and membership status of all attendees. $40 for members; $45 for non-members. Please arrive to the JCHS museum (860 Quarry Rd., Coralville) 15 minutes early at 8:45 for check-in.

This year’s lunch is provided by The Cottage. The Cottage, located at the corner of Benton and Gilbert, is a local bakery, caterer, and deli. They will provide a pasta bar with a selection of three sauces for your enjoyment: meat marinara, vegetable marinara, and mushroom wine. Garlic bread, a fresh salad with strawberries, almonds, oranges and more, and a selection of fruit round out the meal. An assortment of The Cottage’s famous cookies will be offered for dessert.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact JCHS at (319) 351-5738 or email programs@johnsoncountyhistory.org.

This just in! Authoress Karlene Kingery will be present on the tour.

Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today cover

Her book Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today will be available for purchase. You can learn more about the book at Karlene’s website at iowabarnbook.com.

Photo of author Karlene Kingery.


Karlene Kingery received a grant to research Iowa barns in 1979. She prepared a program to create an awareness of saving barns and presented it over 300 times. In 1985 she and her husband moved to Omaha and work was suspended until she retired from teaching in 2012. From 2012-2017 she researched barns in all 99 counties and combined the earlier work with photos and stories, resulting in the book Iowa Barns: Yesterday and Today. The book will be available for $32.


August 24, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Johnson County Historical Society Museum
860 Quarry Rd.
Coralville, IA 52241 United States
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(319) 351-5738