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Rochester, Ind. ‘Round Barn Capital of the World’ — 1 Comment

  1. Corrections: I was president of Fulton Co. Hist. Soc. for 30 years 1971-2001. I don’t think there was an abundance of lumber after WWI. The Leedy-Paxton round barn was moved and rebuilt by Fred Carr and other helpers 1989-91 at a total cost of $65,000. We salvaged about 80 percent of the original materials, not 99 percent. But a tornado took it down Aug.3, 2015. Then it was rebuilt by an Amish crew for $125,000. FCHS has a round brooder house, donated by Forest Pfeifer and an octagonal corn crib built by Oren Leedy, nephew of Bert Leedy, donated by Roger Rose. The other round barns in Fulton County are owned by individuals on private property, but they welcome visitors. We established a Round Barn Center of Information in 1990 and collect photos, history and information about all round and polygonal barns in the world. Several life-time collections of researchers have been donated to the Fulton County Museum, recently 3 boxes full of Wisconsin slides and material from Larry Jost. If a round barn is going to be torn down, we try to find someone who will save it. If you want a round barn, tell us and we will tell you of threatened barns that are free but you have to move and restore it.
    We keep track of the many new round barns being built. They are making a come-back in popularity. See http://www.dalejtravis.org for photos of round barns in all the states.

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