The last stop on the tour was the Glidden barn located at the Glidden Homestead. The brick barn, which was built around 1870, was once used to show the Gliddens’ horses, Roger Keys said.
“This isn’t a typical farm barn, because very few were brick. This is a big, high-end carriage barn that was extremely well-built, and it’s significant,” said Keys, who was hosting the tour of the Glidden barn.
He established the Barb Fence Company at De Kalb in Illinois. Several other people claimed they had invented similar products and Glidden became involved in a three year legal battle. Glidden was eventually declared the rightful inventor of barbed wire.