Each village in old Amana had a set of barns to house livestock, grain, and machinery. They were unique styles, simple wood and sandstone buildings left to weather to a gray as they used to be unpainted. The designs were inspired by European and American ideas. Some barns built with a forebay as well. They were grouped on one edge of town, some now torn down. They served the purpose of the great agricultural interest of the Inspiratioists that moved to Iowa in search of its fertile land for farming its some 25,000 acres.