Tag: Barns

2019 Barn Tour

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.

Barn Tour: Western Johnson County

The annual Barn Tour is a half-day event spent touring Johnson County visiting old (and new!) barns. Learn the history of the barns and the farms on which they stand. Transportation is by hired motor coach and a catered lunch is provided. We have fun every year and we hope you’ll come out to join us!

To register for this event, please email admin@johnsoncountyhistory.org or call JCHS at (319) 351-5738. $40 for members; $45 for non-members.

This year’s lunch is provided by Catered by Charlotte. Each attendee will receive a box lunch including a sandwich, two sides, and a random dessert. Please make your choice of sandwich and two sides known when registering for this event. *Final food order must be in by August 3rd.*

Your choices are:
Five sandwich choices (choose one): Roast Beef, Veggie, Chicken Salad, Ham, or Turkey.

Three side choices (choose two): Fresh Fruit Salad, 3-Cheese Tortellini Salad, or Classic Potato Salad.

The motor coach will strive to leave from the JCHS museum (860 Quarry Rd., Coralville) at 8:00 a.m., but will leave no later than 8:30 a.m.

Barns and Brews of Johnson County

Explore the agricultural and rural heritage of Johnson County by visiting local breweries and barn structures!

The Johnson County Historical Society will host its annual Barn Tour Barns and Brews of Johnson County on August 12, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The bus will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the Johnson County Historical Society’s Museum, 860 Quarry Road in Coralville, Iowa. This event is sponsored by Hills Bank & Trust Company.

This year’s theme will explore breweries and barn structures of Johnson County including Big Grove Brewery, Backpocket Brewing Company, Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, and Iowa’s largest hops farm, Buck Creek Hops. Individuals will learn about the process behind beer and spirit making while enjoying samples at each location.  Participants will also learn about Johnson County’s barn architecture and brewing history from archaeologist Marlin Ingalls between each stop. The event will conclude with lunch at Backpocket Brewing Company. The half-day bus tour costs $45 for Historical Society members and $50 for non-members. Transportation, samples, and lunch are included in the price of the tour. To reserve your seat, contact the Johnson County Historical Society at 319-351-5738 or register below.