Five examples of what can be done to preserve and renovate farm buildings will be on display during a Sunday, June 8 bus tour sponsored by Agricultural Heritage & Resources Inc. to conclude its three-day workshop on how to preserve historical barns.
The tour sites will include structural restorations, preservation of buildings, and new buildings that were constructed with materials recycled from dismantled structures, according to tour coordinator Jerry Sinkula.
One of the stops will be at a retreat and music center on Second Road near Kewaunee that was constructed for Tom Dallmann by Rod Schleis Builders. This facility used materials salvaged from three log structures. Log buildings were a very common method of construction in Kewaunee and parts of adjacent counties in the 1800s.
At KeLe Alpacas, which is owned by Keith Bancroft and his wife LeAnna Franklin, a log building dating to the 1880s was moved log by log in 1997 to the 11-acre hobby farm site for housing the couple's fiber studio and gift shop. A dairy barn built in 1906 with a fieldstone wall provides shelter for the alpacas and Percheron horses.
As a warm-up to the June 8 tour, KeLe Alpacas is holding an open house Dye Day from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31. There will be demonstrations on dyeing wool, silk, and plant fibers with an option to attend a class for a fee of $40.
The location is E1870 Pine Grove Road. There is no admission fee but class attendees are asked to bring a lunch dish to pass. More information is available on the www.kelealpacas.com website.
In a more recent project, Mike Paral of rural Kewaunee has purchased and is restoring a 75 year-old sawmill and is building a stove wood building to house the sawmill. He is using 18-inch logs for the new structure. The construction technique will be demonstrated for the tour attendees.
A barn dating to the 1800s that is owned by Corey Kudick will be another stop site during the tour. He has converted it into a workshop that has in-floor heating and state of the art lighting. The structure also has extra storage room.
The most extensive restoration and preservation site on the tour is the 1800s farmstead recreated over many years by Doug Zillmer near Algoma. It includes a log house, log barn, threshing barn, and several other structures. A blacksmith shop is Zillmer's most recent addition. He has also repaired two windmills that were damaged during a windstorm on Aug. 7, 2013.
Reservations for the bus tour are available through the www.agriculturalheritage.org website or by contacting Sinkula by phone at (920) 255-2815 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The tour will leave from the Heritage Farm (N2251 Highway 42 five miles south of Kewaunee) at 9 a.m. with a scheduled return at 4 p.m. The fee for the tour alone is $20. The tour is also included in the $80 package for the barn preservation weekend which starts on Friday evening, June 6 and features a full day of presentations and workshop sessions on Saturday, June 7.