1875 Barn

barnAgricultural exhibits include: nineteenth century veterinary tools, carriages, sleds, horse-drawn field equipment and more are presented in the 1875 barn next door to the blacksmith shop.

barn_toolsThe barn, which has a wood frame salvaged from an area barn, uses mortise and tenon interlocking joints held together by wooden pegs. By a fortunate coincidence the framework dimensions were identical to the Society’s vacant lot between the blacksmith shop and another building.

Displays range from sausage stuffers to one-row corn cultivators and miniature profiles of LaSalle County soils. One exhibit documents the evolution of various planters from hand-operated to mechanized implements that allowed farmers to increase their production while saving time and labor.