The Friends of Schumacher Farm
invite you to step back in time
This 40-acre farmstead with trails leading through a 10-acre prairie restoration project sits on a hilltop, with a view of the state capital, just east of Waunakee. The original farmhouse and barn built by Henry Schumacher in 1908 is accompanied by outbuildings of the same era, donated to the park from local farms.
Each summer the Friends of Schumacher Farm coordinate volunteers who tend the chickens and toil in the heirloom garden. They also coordinate antique farming demonstrations for workshops and public events.
This beautiful piece of land was gifted to the Dane County Parks Commission in 1978 by Marcella Schumacher Pendall, the only child of Henry Schumacher. She was born on the property, traveled the world, and returned home to teach Spanish and Ancient History at Waunakee high school for thirty years.
The Friends of Schumacher Farm have a two-part mission:
- To preserve life ways of rural Dane County through education and restoration.
- To maintain a conservancy for nature study and recreational activities.