What is the Old Rugged Barn? After city living since ISU days starting 1967, I yearned for the peace and quiet of the country once again in November of 2010, I found the farm of my dreams! When I first pulled in to see the place, I am convinced I saw my late Gramp and the bull standing right there by the barn! I was sold!
The decrepit appearance of the barn tugged at my imagination; I had to go take a peek. Once inside, I knew she was rugged and would be able to withstand just about anything. It reminded of Mom's favorite hymn, "The Old Rugged Cross" and then I knew I had stumbled upon such an old rugged ..... BARN!!
The 3.4-acre farmstead was parceled off from the surrounding 80 Acres more than 40 years ago. I am the 4th owner of the barn. We suspect that the old rugged barn was built around 1920, at which that time 8x8 posts and wood pegs were used. McLean County Barkeepers had provided us the Centennial Barn designation which is proudly displayed on the barn. They had cattle and pigs, and straw and hay stacked clear to heaven!! That old loft floor is strong beyond belief! The family that farmed it then is the same family that farms around me now!
The old rugged barn spoke to me... "make me pretty again..." There's yer sign! Cousin D L Decker (Builder of Equity) master-minded a fair amount of the restorations. We painted our brains out on all the buildings with the exception that the corn crib was intentionally left in its original state. There are 17 barn quilts and 5 murals on the property. We are on the barn quilt tour for McLean County. Stop out and you also get to enjoy the magnificent artistry of Barn Artist, Scott Hagan, of Ohio.
Much has changed here at the ranch and want to share with friends, community and visitors alike. The venue is available to rent for your celebrations. We are only limited by the extent of our imaginations. Keep an eye open for updates and future events. Please keep us in mind when you are looking for an event venue. This is where happy happens! Contact Us: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (309) 830-5358
May 5, 2017: 12th IL Route 66 Annual Red Carpet Corridor
Each community will produce its own events. From full-blown festivals to antique and craft sales, art sales, car and motorcycle shows, live entertainments, and plenty of yard, garage, and sidewalk sales along the way, everyone is sure to discover something unique.
Food, snacks and treats will be in abundance, and there are plenty of historic sites, outstanding free museums and unique mom & pop businesses to help create a nostalgic journey for all to enjoy. Visitors can simply enjoy the drive, or stop and get out of the car to have their picture taken with Elvis, or do a little shopping in any of the great stores along the Mother Road.