2570 N. West Branch Rd.
Polo, IL 61064
(815) 238-1474

What is Barnacopia?

Barnacopia is the dream come true for Gary & Judy Bocker of Polo, IL.  They started building the peg-built structure in November, 2011 and opened for their grandson’s wedding reception on June 1, 2013.  The building features three levels of unique antique tractors, cars & much more.  (The ’53 Ford on the 2nd level is the first car Gary drove at 12 years old – pre-license era!).

Construction of Barnacopia

Barnacopia had been a dream of Gary & Judy Bocker for the last decade.  Construction of Barnacopia began in November, 2011 and was completed in the summer of 2013.

Barnacopia is an old-style mortise and tenon timber-frame barn.  Wooden pegs are used to hold the beams together just as they would have been used in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  One of the many highlights of Barnacopia is the John Deere 730 tractor that rotates in the cupola.  The tractor was mounted on the turntable in the shop then the whole assembly was set into the cupola by a crane.  Once that assembly was secured in the cupola, the roof of the cupola was set onto the cupola with a crane.

The main floor of Barnacopia has the look and feel of a wooden haymow floor.  However, the main floor of Barnacopia is actually stamped concrete.  There is a passenger elevator servicing all three floors of the barn.  To maintain the look and feel of a barn, the elevator shaft is disguised on each floor so that it does not look like an elevator.

The second floor of Barnacopia has a 'drive-in' movie theater.  There are many classic cars on the second floor, but there is no ramp to drive the cars up to the second floor.  There is an overhead garage door on the second floor, and all vehicles on the second floor are set in with a lift.

As you can imagine, several hundred pictures were taken during construction.  While there are a lot of good pictures, to really appreciate the construction of Barnacopia, you should visit Barnacopia.  In the meantime, look at some of the of the construction of Barnacopia.