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Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center

921 West Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Historic Sites

The Joseph F. Glidden homestead features a working blacksmith shop, an early 1860s barn, and the 1861 homestead house. The site hosts several annual events and the historic barn is currently undergoing a archeological dig.

Joseph Farwell Glidden's invention of one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire in 1873 helped change the history of the American West and had far-reaching impact throughout the world. His Homestead in DeKalb, IL, is being preserved and restored by a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. Both the home and the barn are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We welcome your visit and encourage your membership!


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Tours for adult, school, or scout groups can be scheduled year-round. The group rate is $3 per person.

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