The tour begins at the North American House. If you registered online, bring a copy of your receipt to serve as your ticket. Self-guided driving maps will be distributed and you are welcome to start the tour at your own pace.
Jennings County, established 1817, is located in the southeastern part of Indiana and has a long farming history, so most of the barns on this tour have served as working barns for family farms. Eight or more barns will be included on the self-guided driving tour including the Stream Cliff Farms barn built in the 1850’s, the Peter Kinder Barn built in 1876, and the Oak Grove Farm (James Benson Curtis Farm) built around 1853 including its race track. Barns from the Amick’s, Sullivan’s, and Artz’s will are also included.
The North American House and Museum will serve as headquarters and welcome tour participants to historic Vernon with the oldest county courthouse in the state, the first railroad overpass, and will display the IBF State Bicentennial Barn Quilt, on loan from Melba Shilling. The barn tour route will take participants past four historic Cemeteries from the early 1800’s and Jennings County’s two surviving covered bridges.