Old Barn throwing open the doors

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Friends of the Old Barn volunteers will open the Muscatine County farm barn on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through October.

An open house on August 12 will feature the unique growing area called the Muscatine Island. Displays will include history of vegetable production, the research farm at Fruitland, and information about natural areas that are one of a kind.

Farm families from throughout the county are encouraged to bring old photographs to share. The Friends of the Old Barn hope individual families will develop displays that tell their family farm history as Muscatine County was settled and developed into a unique agribusiness, ag processing, and shipping community.

The Friends continue to need volunteers to assist with barn tours, kids’ crafts, developing interpretive displays, researching history, and administrative jobs. To get involved as a visitor or a volunteer, please contact Paul Carroll at (563) 299-5474 or [email protected]

The Friends of the Old Barn are asking for donations of old barn boards for their kids’ woodcraft activities.

The barn is located adjacent to Discovery Park on the west side of Muscatine. To get to the Old Barn, turn west on Harmony Lane from Houser Street.