Ryan Round Barn

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Robert W
Park Ridge, IL3,121 contributions
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The barn is only open on some weekends and special occasions. A round barn was alleged to have no corners where evil spirits could hide. Also round barns are claimed have a better history of surviving tornados. This barn is 85 feet in diameter and 80 feet tall with a 10 foot cupola. Call 309-721-0305 to check on availability.
Written September 20, 2017
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jjean2016
Oklahoma City, OK37 contributions
Couples
Located on Johnson's Sauk Trail State Recreation Area, Ryan's Round Barn is a wonderful bit of architecture. There are other round barns, but there is not another barn like this one. World famous brain surgeon, Dr. Ryan designed many one-of-a-kind labor saving devices to make this engineering masterpiece truly unique. The barn is open from 1-4 on the first and 3rd Saturday's from May through October, but do not hesitate to call Steve to arrange a special tour. He is happy to share his knowledge and to open the barn for guests. The park restaurant is just a short drive from the barn and offers home cooked meals and a view of the lake in a relaxed atmosphere. A wonderful outing for the entire family.
Written May 17, 2016
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illin0isirish
Kewanee, IL3 contributions
Family
This round barn was way ahead of its time. Check it out. No charge. Just donations. Tour guide describes the process very well.
Written January 23, 2018
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David K
Kewanee22 contributions
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Barn is large and provided for full use - cattle, grain & hay storage, silo & storage for machinery. Open with volunteer tour guides on weekend special occasions. Located in Johnson Sauk Trail Park north of Kewanee, IL. Phone 309-852-4262 for tour info.
Written May 22, 2017
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Monroe85
Chicago, IL41 contributions
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Tours are given of the inside of the barn every other Sunday in the summer. Many people park in the lot by the barn and start their walk or run around the road that circles the park. It's 3.2 miles and very peaceful and pretty!
Written December 12, 2016
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Dot1023NY
Illinois45 contributions
Family
The Ryan Round Barn was the first round barn in the U.S. state of Illinois listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it joined that list on New Year's Eve 1974
Written June 3, 2015
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Kris R
Mapleton, IL57 contributions
Couples
Our Camping Club recently visited the Ryan Round Barn in Kewanee, Illinois. It was constructed by Dr. Laurence Ryan in 1910 for his Black Angus cattle, imported from Scotland. Dr. Ryan was born in the 1860's and enjoyed a reputation as an international brain surgeon and also was a pioneer in plastic surgery. The barn was completed in 1910 at a cost of $9600 and is a true round barn. It is 85-feet in diameter and 90-foot high to the cupola. The horizontal siding is made of pine and was said to have been soaked overnight in a nearby pond in order to be made pliable enough to bend onto the convex exterior wall. The loft is capable of holding 250 tons of loose hay. Today the barn houses a large display of antique machinery and other artifacts of farm days past. The barn was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places on December 31, 1974. Our group thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to others. The admission was $2-3 per person.
Written September 23, 2014
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Peorian
Peoria, IL26 contributions
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If you have never seen a well kept up round barn and have an interest then this is worth seeing. The walking trails from the N. side of the parking lot was even better with lots of wild flowers and a field of sunflowers at the far N. end of lot E. Trails for hunters and not for level walking but had been tractor mowed about 2 weeks ago.
Written August 1, 2019
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Linda R
Princeton, IL7 contributions
Family
This beauty is a barn enthusiast’s dream. Check the schedule before you visit. Tours are available but limited. You can visit the outside anytime!
Written September 26, 2018
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Lisa R
Joliet, IL95 contributions
Couples
We visited the Round Barn and went fishing at the lake, which seems to have a nice assortment of fish. We had pretty decent success; some Bass and Carp. The state park is really pretty with a good combination of restored prairie, pine woods and such. Really scenic park and worth the visit if you are into nature.
Written September 6, 2016
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