Hanson Barn celebrates eight years on All-State Barn Tour
A steel latch clicks as Nola Hanson opens the stacked double doors on the side of her two-story barn in rural Mingo Wednesday. She walks inside and quickly points out several items that are displayed during the All-State Iowa Barn Tour, which Hanson’s barn now has been a part of since 2004.
“I set up displays, and put signs on this saying, ‘What is this?” Hanson said as she pointed at an antique potato plow. “What is that back there? It’s a little chicken house. Some of these old things we’ve found on the farm over the years.”
The barn has stood on the Hanson’s family farm since the 1880s. The structure will be available for exploration during the 2012 All-State Barn Tour on Saturday, Sept. 22, and Sunday, Sept. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The sole Jasper County barn featured on the All-State tour, Hanson’s farm also is Nola Hanson’s childhood home. Her sister, Margret Van Ginkel, assists in guiding the visitors’ tours during the two-day event.
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