130th Anniversary of the Secrest Octagonal Barn


5750 Osage St.
Eastern Johnson County
Iowa City, IA

Ph. 319.337.2544


One hundred and thirty years ago, Joshua Secrest and barnbuilder Frank Longerbeam sat around a kitchen table on the farmstead and planned one of the largest round barns in the country.

On Saturday, August 24, a birthday party for this Iowan treasure will be celebrated from 1 to 5 p.m. Highlighting the event will be Betsy, a 1900 pound Belgian work horse, will hoist hay into the 75 foot loft. Additional events include a slide presentation on the barn restoration and barn book signings. There will be opportunities to hand milk a (wooden) cow; plant corn by hand; remove corn kernels by machine, harness a (wooden) horse; and use a ‘boring’ machine like barnbuilder Longerbeam would have done in 1883.  

There will also be live music. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a potluck picnic at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.







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