Farmstead Restoration and Preservation Project
About the Project
The dodge County landscape has been punctuated with barns and cows grazing in pastures since the rise of Wisconsin’s dairy industry in the late 1800’s. Unfortunately, the red painted wooden barns that housed herds of 30-40 cows have become obsolete. Many of these barns have fallen into disrepair and are forever disappearing from our countryside. Modernization and changes in dairy cattle husbandry over the last 40 years has concentrated large herds of cattle into steel free-stall barns. Unless the old barns have been repurposed as horse barns or storage sheds, they are too expensive to maintain. The demise of so many beautiful barns has raised the concern and interest in preserving a dairy barn by members of the Dodge County Antique Power Club. (DCAPC) The goal of the DCAPC Farmstead Restoration and Preservation Project is to construct an educational dairy display for those who have never experienced rural farm life, as well as a recreational environment for club members who collect and restore power equipment that was used in days gone by. The DCAPC is extremely excited to announce that a donation of a dairy barn has been secured and has been moved onto the club grounds located off County Hwy. B near Burnett in Dodge County. Once the project is completed, the barn will become an educational resource, displaying numerous types of antique milking equipment, stanchions, calf pens, and feeding equipment, just to name a few. The upstairs, or hay loft part of the barn, will feature displays showcasing the history of dairy farming. Donations of dairy equipment from local retired dairy farmers will also be exhibited in the barn. Additionally, donations of farm memorabilia, farm photos, and collectibles will be on display. The DCAPC visions for the future include a complete farmstead, featuring a silo, milk house, chicken coop, and other outbuildings typical of a productive dairy farm. A real farmstead would provide the feel of the work as it was done in the day. 4-H and FFA members, as well as students and youth of all ages, will benefit from the practical learning experience the proposed farmstead will offer. If you would like to support the Farmstead Restoration and Preservation Project, click here.