- Join us on the afternoon of March 30th to learn how we can work together and address some of the challenges associated with adapting old barns to new uses. As part of the LUV R AG Summit being coordinated by Wisconsin's Agricultural Tourism Association (WATA), this session will bring together owners of old barns serving as venues for weddings, school field trips, business meetings, and other types of ag-tourism to talk to contractors, buildings inspectors, zoning officials, and town, county and state government representatives to identify areas of mutual concern and build consensus on what strategies might provide workable solutions to many of the challenges and impediments associated with these types of projects.
Follow this link to register for the program.
- Looking for a corn maze, pumpkin-picking, hay ride, or other fall fun? Check out these locations with historic barns below! A printable listing is also available here.
- Enchanted Valley Acres, Cross Plains. The red gambrel barn was constructed in 1937. Activities include a corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin picking.
- Govin's Farm, Menomonie. The lambing barn on the farm is 100 years old, with several additions over the years. Activities include a corn maze and pumpkin picking. This year's corn maze celebrates 100 years of 4-H in Wisconsin.
- Grampa's Farm, Merrill. The current barn was built in 1932 after a fire in the previous barn. The barn is a hip roof barn with clear span construction.
The farm has been in the family for 110 years and is filled with antique displays of kitchen, living room, milk house, shop with old tools, bedroom and family history display. Activities include corn mazes, pumpkin picking, pony rides, petting zoo and more.
- Mulberry Lane Farm, Sherwood. The 1881 barn features tamarack beams and is often used for weddings and other gatherings. Fall events at the farm include pumpkin picking, petting zoo, and hay rides.
- Porter's Patch, Navarino. The barn was built in 1910 with a stone foundation. It often features different types of barn quilts. Farm activities include a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and hay rides.
- Schairer's Autumn Acres, Birnamwood. The stone foundation of the barn was built in 1931 and the upper wood structure was raised in a single day in 1932. The barn is the last remaining structure of the farm's original buildings. It often features barn quilts. Activities include horse-drawn wagon rides, corn maze, and pumpkin picking.
- Schuster's Farm, Deerfield. Schuster's Farm features a round barn with a limestone foundation, built in 1903 by Scandinavian builder Lewis Lendborg. It is the only round barn still standing in Dane County. Farm activities include corn mazes, pumpkin picking, hay rides, petting zoo, and haunted forest.
- The Little Farm, Malone. The farm features the original barn, built around 1890 from timber from the local woods. Farm activities include apple and pumpkin picking and a corn maze.
- Save the date for our upcoming workshop: "Preserving Our Rural Heritage One Building - One Board - One Story at a Time"! June 6-8, 2014, at Agricultural Heritage and Resources, Inc., Kewaunee, WI. This workshop focuses on all aspects of preserving our rural heritage through its many barns and other structures. The event includes Heritage Dinner with author and keynote speaker, Suzi Parron, tour of Kewaunee County restoration projects and more. Event includes 8 workshop sessions covering structure repairs, restoration, preservation and more on Saturday. More information on breakout session topics and registration is available at the Agricultural Heritage and Resources Events site.
- Click here to see Ag Day's May 16 edition of Great American Barns. The segment announces this event and features Joe and Jerry Ratajczak's octagonal barn in Door County.
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- 18-month Barn Calendar Now Available!
In October of 2009, UW-Extension helped organize a tour of older barns in Portage County. Following that event, some of the local organizers decided that the area was losing so many of its older barns that they should photograph them and collect pertinent information about each building as a permanent record. Over the course of just a few weeks volunteers collected photographs of all 1,516 barns in the county.
As an outgrowth of this effort, an 18-month calendar incorporating some of those photographs has been produced. These calendars can be purchased for $10. Simply mail a check made out to: Citizens for a Scenic Wisconsin, Inc. and mail them to:
Portage County Barn Calendar Project
c/o Chuck Law
229 Lowell Center, 610 Langdon St.
Madison, WI 53703
More information about the Portage County Barns Project can be found on their website at: http://www.fliben.com/Barn_Project/index.html
- Looking for a barn to serve as an event venue? Check out our list of barn venues!
- We've updated our list of barns contractors!