Introduction to the Maasdam Barns

Introduction to the Maasdam Barns, 2000 South Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa

Introduction to the Maasdam Barns, the Historic Evergreen Ridge Stock Farm, in Fairfield, IA

History, Agriculture & Innovation

Maasdam Barns, Fairfield, Iowa
The First National Bank of Fairfield held their 150th Anniversary Celebration here. Photo by Werner Elmker, Aug 13, 2015.

HOURS for spring, summer, & fall - Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm-4pm,  Saturdays 10am-4pm.   The Maasdam Barns open on the 1st Tuesday in May, and close in the last week of October.   (Tours are available anytime of the year by appointment.)

The Evergreen Ridge Stock Farm was developed by the Maasdam Barns Preservation Committee as a recreational and educational center. Three historic barns are the major components of the Evergreen Ridge Stock Farm Historic District.

The Museum contains displays, photos, artifacts, and stories about the farm's history. In addition, there is information about early Fairfield industries related to agriculture, as well as visitor information about Jefferson County and Fairfield.

Of importance is that the barns were equipped with Louden overhead monorail hay carriers, which were first developed and manufactured by the Louden Machinery Company in Fairfield. The Louden overhead monorail system is still used throughout the world in agriculture, but much more importantly, in industry.

In 2008, a section of the farmstead was entered onto the National Register of Historic Places, because from 1910 until 1938 the owner of this farm, J. G. Maasdam, was a prominent importer and breeder of award-winning Belgian, Percheron and other draft horses. Horses were of great importance in powering the then improving farm equipment.

You can take an Audio Tour of the Maasdam Barns Complex by borrowing an MP3 player from the Museum during your visit.

Look at What are the Maasdam Barns for more details, and use our Menu and Sitelist webpage.

Also, you can explore the reaches of Jefferson County Heritage on this new website.

A recreational trail runs along the north and west sides of the farmstead (see the Fairfield Loop Trail website)
Maasdam Barns, Fairfield, Iowa

Photo from the 1920's showing Aunt Marie with one of the horses sold here.
Aunt Marie with horse.

The lane from the Museum back to the barns. Click to see more.
Entrance Lane to the Maasdam Barns

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Click here to see the Louden Machinery Company website
Link to Louden Machinery Company website.

Partially funded by REAP

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