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We are a non-profit dedicated to celebrating

and preserving Minnesota's rural heritage. 

Saturday, June 5th at 2 p.m.

Coffee Chat at Hofmann Apiaries

Join FOMB at the National Register-listed Hofmann Apiaries near Janesville, MN, to hear from one of the Hofmann family members about the fascinating history of this barn and the honey house.  Joan Mooney of the Waseca County Historical Society will also be present to talk about the restoration and the process of getting on the National Register of Historical Places.  We'll bring snacks and drinks!

Please RSVP to Bill at or call 651-426-4718 (H) or 612-581-1620 (C).

Address: 4661 420th Avenue, Janesville, MN

Directions from the North: Take Interstate 35 south to Exit 56 to MN60 W for 19.3 miles.  Turn left onto E Elysian Lake Road (If you pass Lake Elysian on the left you've gone too far). Continue on E Elysian Lake Road for 3 miles. Turn left onto 420th (42X) Avenue for about 3/4 mile.

Directions from the South: Go north on Interstate 35 to west Old US HWY 14 in Owatonna (the exit is 42 A-B to County 45; at the bottom of the exit take a left on 14 west to Waseca). Stay on Old HWY 14 (through Waseca) for about 24 miles and just before you come into Janesville turn right onto E Lake Elysian Road (There is a BP gas station at the turn). Take E Elysian Lake Road north for about four miles and turn right onto 420th (42X) Avenue for about 3/4 mile.

Have you heard about this big white barn and it's trip?  See Barns in the News for more articles and video!

Winners of the 2nd Annual FOMB Barn Photo Contest were announced on April 17th! 

Visit the Past Events page to see the winners!

Visit our Facebook page for even more great barn content!

More photos from

Chasing Barn Dreams

from FOMB's newsletter "The Barn Door"

Read the entire 3-part article HERE.

Tell us your barn story!

We love hearing old barn stories and memories (and we think you do too!).  We are always looking for articles to publish in the Barn Door newsletter and what better article than stories from our membership?  If you have a great barn memory or a story to share, please write to us at FOMB, P.O. Box 812, Forest Lake, MN 55025 or email us at


Barns Then

Barns connected our ancestors to the land and to each other.  They helped pioneers survive, emigrants prosper and ultimately enabled the Golden Age of Minnesota farming.  As reminders of these past lifeways, they embody the values of our forebears.  


Barns Now

Barns remain an iconic part of the Minnesota landscape.  Like rural heritage in many parts of the world, however, Minnesota barns are in gradual decline.  Having outlived their original purpose, due to mechanization and changing market forces, old barns are often neglected by owners  who can't justify the cost of repairs.   


Our Organization

Friends of Minnesota Barns seeks to raise public awareness of the value and vulnerability of these humble yet beautiful  structures.