Barn Storming Calhoun County

Take part in a barn stormin’ of Calhoun County on a barn quilt tour where the pride of their heritage can be seen on barns throughout the county. This one to two day tour includes stops at a few of the roadside stands along the way plus a visit to the Center for American Archeology in Kampsville.

Barn Quilts
Explore Calhoun History while taking a self-guided driving tour of over 80 quilt blocks displayed on barns and buildings throughout the county. Each quilt block is painted with a pattern from a family quilty representing the history of residents who settled Calhoun. There are three trails to choose from that guide you along various points of interest. The quilts and barns are on display all year and can be viewed from public roadways.  You can reach Calhoun County by taking a relaxing ride across the Illinois River on the Brussels Ferry. Make sure to stop at some of the roadside orchards to pick up fresh produce and fruits during the late spring to late fall season. Calhoun is known for its juicy, ripe peaches and apples.

Center for American Archeology
On the north end of the county, you’ll stop at the Center for American Archeology Visitors’ Center & Museum, which is housed within the historic Kamp Store building and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. While the majority of its award-winning exhibits focus on the fascinating prehistory of the lower Illinois River Valley, the Museum also features exhibits about the historical period in Illinois and the history of the Kamp Store itself.

Travel back to Hardin and cross the Illinois River on Joe Page Bridge. This is a lift bridge with a lift span of 308 feet, 9 inches. Just at the foot of the bridge is one more roadside market.

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