Round barn group to hold farm picnic and barn tours

Round barn group to hold farm picnic and barn tours


The group working to save the Dougan Round Barn is hosting an old-fashioned farm picnic and barn tours as a part of their annual meeting on May 10. This event is part of the week-long celebration of Historic Preservation Week across the country. Former Governor Scott McCallum proclaimed 2003 “Year of the Barn” to recognize the significance of barns, and the loss to our cultural history and heritage as they disappear from the rural landscape.

The farm picnic, noon to 2 p.m., will feature roast beef sandwiches with all the fixings, and EnRoute Music will play farm songs and old melodies to take you back in time. The picnic will be set up inside the barn at 2605 Colley Rd., giving everyone a chance to see the stabilization work that took place last year, and view some exhibits and examples of future plans.

Dougan Dairyland Development Associates Incorporated (DoDaDAI) is a non-profit corporation organized to restore the Dougan Round Barn and Colley Family Homestead for use as a public center for education and recreation, and tribute to the family farm. A brief meeting will follow the picnic for the annual business of election of directors and officers, and to establish a budget for next year.

This event is open to the public, and will kick off a new campaign to “Raise the Roof,” replacing the weathered and worn roof with new cedar shingles. This community project will sustain the memories and the heritage of Beloit’s farming families, and provide a place for school children and others to get in touch with a way of life gone by. Information: (608) 362-0876.

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