For 2021, the Barns will be only open Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.
Horse events on the 2nd Saturday of the month, June 12th, July 10th, August 14th, September 11th, October 9th,November 13th (2021). Begins at 10AM.
Watch for our Barnyard Bash August 28th, 2021.
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Who we are...
The Maasdam Barns are emblematic of the entrepreneurial spirit, which has characterized Jefferson County, Iowa, for well over a century.
The Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee was formed in 2005 to preserve the Evergreen Ridge Stock Farm, which had been a significant early 20th-century draft-horse breeding business. And to also create a recreational, historical and educational center.
In 2008, a section of the farmstead was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places. From 1910 until 1938 the owner of this farm, J. G. Maasdam, was a prominent importer and breeder of award-winning Belgian, Percheron and other draft horses. Horses were of great importance in powering the then improving farm equipment.
Although focused on the three historic barns, our Museum was created with displays, photos, artifacts, and stories about the Maasdam families history. Also included is information about early Fairfield industries, particularly related to agriculture.
Of importance is that the barns were equipped with Louden overhead monorail hay carriers, which were first developed and manufactured by the Louden Machinery Company in Fairfield. The Louden overhead monorail system is still used throughout the world in agriculture, but more importantly, in industry.
Start with What are the Maasdam Barns? And see our Menu or our Sitelist webpage.