Schumacher Farm Park

© Photographed April 18 and July 10, 2015
Erected 2000 by the Dane County Historical Society
Waunaukee, Dane County, Wisconsin
43.192113,-89.431873 (entrance to the Farm Park)
43.192461,-89.432412 (marker location at the Farm Park)

Dane County Park

"To be preserved as a living history museum of early agricultural life"
This was the vision of Marcella Schumacher Pendall, daughter of early area settlers. Schumacher Farm Park began when she donated 40 acres of the Schumacher homestead to Dane County as a conservancy in 1978.

In 1986, Marcella established the Friends of Schumacher Farm to create and operate a living history farm museum. She also left a trust account to provide major funding for Friends' activities. Schumacher Farm consists of a triad of Dane County, the Friends, and the Trust--the first such collaboration in the county park system.

The goals of all three units are preservation, restoration and education of early rural life-ways for future generations. The park combines cultural history with the natural environment that supported early local settlement. It shows how a "farm born of prairie" operated during the transition from horse-drawn machinery and kerosene lamps to mechanized farming and electricity.
The marker is located on the grounds of Schumacher Farm / Dane County Park. The entrance to the park is located on westbound East Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 18 / 133, between Hogan Road (to the east) and Schumacher Road (to the west), at 5682 Wisconsin 19, Waunakee, Wisconsin 53597.

NOTE: The park has two entrances. Take the west entrance for "handicapped parking". The marker is adjacent to the handicapped parking lot.

The focal point of the Farm, the Schumacher barn . . .

With the entrance to the Park and Wisconsin Highway 19 to the right.

The entrance to the park.

Schumacher Farm Park is located in Waunakee, Wisconsin.

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