Illinois Amish Heritage Center Announces Herschberger-Miller Barn Raising for October
Arthur, Illinois – The Herschberger-Miller barn, that was originally constructed three miles west of Arthur, Illinois in 1879, was dismantled by Firmitas, formerly Trillium Dell Timber Works, in spring of 2022. The intricate process raised massive media coverage in the region because the barn was not only being removed from its original site, but, the 143-year structure was tagged, labeled, dismantled piece by piece, and will be relocated, refurbished, and rebuilt at its new home, Illinois Amish Heritage Center, located between Arcola and Arthur, on Illinois Route 133.
A two-day public Barn Raising is scheduled for Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th from 9am – 5pm. One of the biggest attractions is the rare opportunity for attendees to witness a partial hand-raising of the barn!
Other events on the Illinois Amish Heritage campus will include pioneer and Amish-based activities such as blacksmithing, glass blowing, rope making, Kiddie Tractor Pull, petting zoo, pony cart rides and more. Additionally, local Amish favorites will be made and sold onsite such as fresh apple cider, popcorn, ice cream and more! The food tent will also be serving an authentic German breakfast, and other food vendors.