HOURS: For 2021, the Barns will be only open Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.
HOURS: For 2021, the Barns will be only open Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm.
Note: The Maasdam Barns are on the new Iowa Culture App, from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Their website https://iowaculture.gov/app tells how to download or launch it.
Note: The June 2018 issue of the Smithsonian Magazine contains an chart presenting data about patents issued in the United States, which included - Louden Machinery Company ranked 10th in per capita patents issued 100 years ago - See it below.
To see the newspaper article about our new working windmill, click on the Southeast Iowa Union newspaper article.
Paddock under construction.
Drainage pipes are being installed.
Looking west at the paddock under construction.
Werner submitted photos of a horse-drawn road grader, and another, taken at the Maasdam Barns (and enhanced). Enjoy.
Held Sunday, Oct 27, 11:00am -2:00pm. (Sponsored by the Jefferson County Conservation Board). The Fall Trail Drive-Thru drew 174 vehicles with 467 people. And many visitors visited the Barns afterwards. Horses were on display.
From Tony Webb - Fairfield Lumber delivered boards yesterday to our site. I was able to get Drish Construction to come over with equipment to unload the bundled lumber so we didn’t need to handle every post and board. The Fence Builder has us scheduled for this Fall yet. He hopes to start soon.
A day of crystal magic and rockin’ good deals. A variety of vendors were there, indoor and outdoors
A new concrete floor in the Loafing Shed will make this building more useful (the Loafing Shed is attached to the Show Barn). It can now be used for a variety of activities and displays.
Mare Barn Lettering - Mike Pech finished painting the letters on the north side of the Mare Barn, started by John Stimson - see details at Mare Barn Lettering - Oct 27, 2018 (scroll down).
A mix of new and traditional country music with a hint of classic rock was played by the Harvest Band from 6:00-9:00pm. Other entertainment began at 5:00pm, which included various area businesses with agriculture related booths and activities! Bounce Houses, a Tractor-cade, horse drawn wagon rides, and many more displays and demonstrations took place throughout the evening.
Food at the event included the Jefferson County Cattlemen's Association and the Jefferson County Pork Producers. Additionally, starting at 7pm FREE root beer floats were served.
Sponsored by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce as we celebrate our rich agriculture community! The 2019 Barnyard Bash is presented by the Jefferson County Farm Bureau and Pilot Grove Savings Bank.
Photos below of the Barnyard Bash by Werner Elmker. For even more photos (by Deena Pech and Jeff Fitz-Randolph) scroll down further.
Scroll down for more Barnyard Bash photos, by Deena Pech and Jeff Fitz-Randolph.
This family friendly evening engaged the entire community! Entertainment began at 5:00pm, which included various area businesses with agriculture related booths and activities.
Of course, there was plenty of food available, along with booths and games.
A mix of new and traditional country music with a hint of classic rock was played by the Harvest Band from 6:00-9:00pm.
Bounce Houses, a display of tractors, horse drawn wagon rides, and many more displays and demonstrations took place throughout the evening.
Vintage tractors later took a ride to show off.
Two of the vintage trucks - a Ford Model A pickup truck, and a 1918 Mack truck that drove here.
Linn Vehslage's Case tractor operating the rope for the Louden Hay Carrier.
The hay bale entering the Stallion Barns's loft.
Here come the Power Wagons down the Loop Trail to the barns!
Turning into the barn yard from the Loop trail.
Just a few of the variety of Dodge Power Wagons.
Heading towards the activities in the Centennial Building.
Rope-making demonstration in the Centennial Building.
Louden Overhead Auto Hoist assembly in the Centennial Building. It rolls back and forth to the position you desire by pulling on the chain to the left.
Another pulley device lets you pick items up, and move things side to side. This hoist was used in an repair garage to lift engines in/out of cars and trucks.
More at the Louden Machinery Company Tour website.
Getting ready for demonstration of how the Louden Hay Carrier works in the Stallion Barn. The winch on the front of this 1959 Dodge Power Wagon will provide the power to the Hay Carrier. This winch works off the truck's PTO (not electric) to lift the bale, so a "driver" must be in the cab.
The winch cable is attached to a rope, which goes through pulleys on the barn, then up to the Hay Carrier in the barn loft (getting ready).
The Power Wagon is winching the bales up.
When the hook attaches to the carrier, the carrier gets pulled into the barn.
After the workers in the barn trigger the carrier to drop the bales, the workers on the ground pull the carrier back outside, where the hook detaches from the carrier, and lowers down to pick up more bales.
When the job is done, the winch pulls the door up to shut it.
Dick Reed narrated the process for the spectators.
The Power Wagon "driver" had to keep his foot on the brake when to load lift off the ground.
"Maasdam Barns/Museum/Welcome Center" received a Community Improvement Award (sponsored by Foss, Kuiken and Cochran, P.C.) from the Fairfield Area Chamber Of Commerce during its annual Awards Banquet on April 8, 2016. This award recognizes Chamber Member Businesses that have demonstrated a marked contribution to community improvement during 2015. Fairfield Community School District also received this award
The Annual Awards Banquet is the premier event of the year for the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Chamber members and the Fairfield community. Every award the Chamber hands out is designed to recognize investment and innovation on the part of Fairfield business and community institutions, be it capital improvements, resource redeployment, new media, or lifelong accomplishment. The Chamber’s Annual Awards Banquet is about celebrating progress in our community.
In addition, one of our tireless volunteers, Dr. Larry Nash, was presented with the 2016 Outstanding Citizen Community Service Award (sponsored by Libertyville Savings Bank), recognizing citizens of the Fairfield area that have contributed to the betterment of community life, based on their record of voluntary service. Nancy Horras was also a recipient. More details on the Chamber Of Commerce website.
Southeast Iowa Museum Crawl, June 14, 2014. Four museums were featured on this year's Museum Crawl. Maasdam Barn activities included a "put up hay" demonstration and hay rides pulled by horses, among others. Don Cummings, Chairman of the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee, estimated that about 300 visitors attended.
See photos here. Click here to view a narrated YouTube video of Louden Hay Carrier equipment.
Quilt project, Oct 29, 2013. The Quilt Project has been completed. Quilts were one of the popular folk arts during the Maasdam era.
To celebrate this, a project was begun to show a quilt, and other items, hanging on a clothesline next to the Museum. Aluminum panels were chosen for their durability, and show photos of a quilt, socks, a baby's dress, and a panel explaining quilting traditions. See photos here.
Farm Crawl News, July 5, 2013. KTVO News had video coverage of the Hometown Harvest Farm Crawl, including an interview with Don Cummings (no longer available on KTVO website).
Chickens, May 25, 2013. Our chickens have taken up residence in the Chicken Coop - see more photos here.
Award Received, May 21, 2013. The Fairfield Beautification Commission, in cooperation with Jefferson County Historic Preservation Commission, presented the Rose Award to the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee, for preservation of a local historic district and creation of a visitors center with museum displays.
Barns opened May 11, 2013. KTVO News presented a report of the season opening of the Maasdam Barns, including an interview with Jim Salts (no longer available on KTVO website).
An article in the April 2013 Smithsonian Magazine lists Fairfield, IA, as number 7 of 20. Read the The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013 article online, where the Maasdam Barns are mentioned.
New exterior sign. A new sign was installed in front of the Museum, along Highway 1. The small "Open" sign can be flipped down to "Closed". Made possible in part by an Iowa Humanities grant.
Barns on KTVO-TV, May 1, 2012. Kate Allt's report is no longer on the KTVO webpage.
Snowstorm in Feb 2012, by Ginny Hughes. See more.
Volunteer of the year, Dec 8, 2011. Details.
Open House, Oct 7 & 8, 2011. Photos.
Then & Now photo comparison page is now here.
Getting ready, Sept 24, 2011. Photos.
McCombs Lane, Sept 23, 2011. The story.
Welcome Center exhibits, Sept 7, 2011. See photos.
Volunteer work, July & August, 2011. See photos.
Volunteers, June 11, 2011
More volunteer work, and updates. See photos.
Volunteers, May 14, 2011
During this rainy Saturday the Show Barn gets cleaned up and the Welcome Center interior gets attention. See photos.
Update, April 24, 2011
Progress was made over the winter -- the driveway and parking lot, the Welcome Center sidewalk-ramp, and on the restrooms. See more photos.
Show Barn, January, 2011
Contractors installed a new cupola for the Show Barn, and replaced the roof shingles. Old photos show a cupola on the barn, but it was removed at some point, so a new one was built to match the photos. See more photos. (Also includes volunteer work on this barn in previous years).
Jan 5, 2011, Restoration Work, Jan 5, 2011
Read a story in the Fairfield Ledger - Restoration work returns original look to historic barn. For the complete article, see the Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger, or our Restoration News Page.
Welcome Center, Nov 2010
More work needs to be completed inside -- a timetable has not been established. Some work will be handled by contractors, but much of the labor will continue to be performed by volunteers.
A photo essay of the renovation progress on the Welcome Center itself is on-going -- see it at the Welcome Center page.
Infrastructure work, Sept-Nov 2010
In September 2010 a contractor started construction on the infrastructure. The project includes driveways and a parking lot, a ramp and sidewalks for the Welcome Center, and the foundation for a new garage. Extra dirt from the work will be used to complete the filling-in of the old farm pond.
During the winter the dirt along the Welcome Center will be allowed to settle, before a sidewalk is constructed. This will allow stair-less entry onto the front porch and hence into the building through the front door. Photo essay here.
See more photos of painting the storage garage in 2010.
Information Sign, Sept 2010
A large sign was installed next to the barns. One side has a full-size photo of the World's Largest Horse and the other side tells you about the Maasdam Barns complex. See photos of the sign and of the construction of the frame.