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Glidden Homestead open for 2014 tours

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 9:48 a.m. CDT
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Glidden Homestead blacksmith and board member Lucio Bortolin (left) and Martin O'Connor install a new sign on the historic barn where "The Winner" barbed wire was invented in 1874.

DeKALB – The Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center opened for the 2014 season May 18. Located at 921 W. Lincoln Highway, the home is where one of the most widely-used types of barbed wire, "The Winner," was invented in 1874.

The Glidden Homestead and barn were the first sites in DeKalb County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 1861 home is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of each month, May through November. The Phineas Vaughan Blacksmith Shop, a working blacksmith shop on site, is included in the tour. Admission is $4 for adults and free for members and children younger than 14.

The site is manned and maintained entirely by community volunteers, with the exception of a part-time executive director.

For more information about the homestead, as well as volunteer opportunities, visit www.gliddenhomestead.orgor call 815-756-7904.

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