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Barn Quilt and Dairy Farm Tour




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Green County Cheese Days in Monroe is back again, and this year I planned on taking the Barn Quilt and DeVoe Dairy Farm Tour. I had not done this before and I was excited! Our guides are Kris Winkler and Lynn Lokken. I went alone since Al couldn’t come with me on Saturday.  The tour was sold out with over 60 people filling the bus!

 

We headed out at 11 AM, Kris and Lynn gave a running commentary during the tour. We saw a great many barn quilts.  To do your own tour, you can get the map from the Green County Visitor and Activity Guide. There is a pull-out map in the middle of the publication. You can also see a Google map of the barn quilt locations from the website, Green County Barn Quilts.  We saw as many as we could in 2 1/2 hours.  Here is a small sample of the quilts we saw.

Kris and Lynn also pointed out several businesses and cheese-making places along the route.  The first was Rackow’s Family Sausage with the distinctive pink silo!

This quilt was mentioned but we didn’t see it on the tour.  This one was modeled after a scuba diving flag, a sport we participated in together for many years. It’s called, “Live and Let Dive”, #141 on the map.

The Maple Leaf Cheese factory in Monroe. They are the source of the famous fried cheese curds sold at Cheese Days by the Monroe Optimist Club.

Al and I saw this place in October (not on the tour), the Maple Leaf Cheese Store in Juda where we enjoyed a treat!

On the tour, we also got a sneak preview of a brand-new goat and sheep dairy farm that is still in development. It’s called Ms. J and Co.  This farm will be able to provide sheep and goat milk on a larger scale to cheese producers in Wisconsin. They are predicted to come online in 2020. It’s possible we may get a tour here at Cheese Days in two years!

And now, our visit to the DeVoe Dairy Farm for our tour!

Our first part of the tour was in the milking parlor. Yvonne DeVoe does all the milking on the farm and you can tell she loves her cows! ❤  The “head cow” is Adele, she mooed a few times for us too 🙂

Next, our group moved over to the farmyard, where we saw chickens, goats, pigs, donkey, and other animals. Oldest daughter Katlyn took over from here.

She also showed us a couple of newborn calves. She carried them in and out of the barn like they were light. Really, they might be at least 60 pounds!

Then, we adjourned to enjoy some ice-cold milk, cheese, and ice cream!

Our hosts Lynn and Kris serving snacks to all the tour participants.

I even said “Hi” to Alice in Dairyland 2018, Kaitlyn Riley!  A nice young lady doing a great job representing Wisconsin. After the tour, she participated in the cow milking contest.

After about 15 minutes, it was time to head to Monroe, Kaitlyn had some milking to do soon!  We saw a few more barn quilts on the way back. Be sure to watch the video for the full, unabridged tour.

Thanks, Kris and Lynn for a great tour, I hope to see you in 2020 during Cheese Days!

 

Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine in Fort Atkinson


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A visit to Fort Atkinson is not complete without exploring the Hoard Historical Museum and National Dairy Shrine. Suggested donations are $5 for individual or $10 per family.  A painted cow and stained glass art greet you upon entering the building.

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The first room we entered is the Mounds Gallery. We learned a lot about the Indian Mounds in Wisconsin.  We saw a short film made my members of the tribes involved.  In the same room are arrowhead collections by Raymond Thomas Lawton.

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Thomas Lawton Indian Collection

The adjoining room has a Native American diorama and more artifacts.

Indian Diorama at Mound Museum

A close up.

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Inside of the home.

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And the food they ate, either growing naturally or their own plantings.

Indian Food display at Hoard

Food sign at Hoard

The museum also encourages visiting Aztalan State Park, which we had!

We headed up to the 2nd floor where there was a display dedicated to their local famous poet, Lorine Niedecker.

Hoard 2nd Floor Exhibits

Lorine Niedecker display

The William Dempster Hoard room, where resides a large portrait of him and his magazine, Hoard’s Dairyman is displayed. The magazine still exists today, in production since 1885!

William Dempster Hoard and magazine

He also went to the Wisconsin State Fair in 1859 and Abraham Lincoln was a guest speaker. Here are his impressions.

The Bird Room has MANY birds in display cases,  some over a century old. This Bald Eagle is from 1904.

Taxidermy room at Hoard

Bald Eagle display at Hoard

Another room upstairs is dedicated to Ft. Atkinson’s Police and Fire Department.

Police and Fire Room at Hoard

The Lorine Niedecker Room in addition to the display near the stairs.

Lorine Niedecker room at Hoard

The Duck Hunting Room showed hunting around Lake Koshkonong.

Duck Hunting Story sign at Hoard

Canoe information, it may have been owned by William Hoard himself!

Duck Hunting Room at Hoard

Boll Hoard canoe at Hoard

Duck display at Hoard

In the Play Room were toys from days gone by.

Play Room display at Hoard

We went back downstairs to see a representation of how the Hoard house may have looked while occupied by him and his family. Displays are rotated occasionally to display different pieces.

Frank and Luella Hoard House sign

Hoard Dining Room

Hoard house parlor

Kitchen at Hoard house

The last part we saw in November was the Lincoln Era Library and Exhibit room at the back on the museum on the first floor. It spotlighted Lincoln artifacts, Fort Koshkonong and the Blackhawk War.

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Lincoln display at Hoard House

Fort Koshkonong as it originally looked in this display.

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Here is what the site looks like NOW.  It is presently a residential neighborhood.

Fort Koshkonong site in Ft. Atkinson

A great visit to this museum had to be cut short by lack of time to finish it.

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We’re back!  Winter is over and it was time to complete viewing this amazing museum.  Flowers were beginning to push up in the garden in front of the museum. These are Iris Reticulata, planted by museum volunteers. Beautiful!

Hoard Museum in Spring

Iris at Hoard Museum

We never got to see the dairy shrine side of the museum in November so we got back today.  It took about 2 hours to see this part, it occupied the main floor and downstairs.

Dairy Shrine entrance

We entered into a large octagon-shaped room with a variety of displays and dioramas.  Going around the perimeter of the inside of the room was a timeline history of the Hoard Museum and dairy technology developments.

Hoard Museum Volunteer of the Year Joe Slaney frame

Volunteer Joe Slaney (Volunteer of the Year!) began the presentation in the room, we moved from exhibit to exhibit in a clockwise direction, everything was cued to audio and video, a 3D presentation!

 

The presentation began with a video introduction about the Hoard Museum, then it instructed us to move left to the next panel.

#1 – Hoard Farm Replica

Hoard Farm model

#2 – Modern Milk Marketing

Milk Marketing

This panel showed the many ways milk products were marketed to the consumers from 1 to 92.  One of the most successful was the “Got Milk” campaign. Al and I participated in this when we went to Cows on the Concourse. Here is our milk mustache photo.

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Milk use pie chart.

Milk use breakdown

#3 – Daily Farmers of the 1800’s

A display depicting the dairy farmer in the 1800’s, also a room where ice blocks are stored that were cut from a nearby lake in the winter.

Milking cow in 1800's

Milk Storage and ice blocks

#4 – Farm Wife Makes Butter With the Milk

IFarm Wife Churning Milk into butter

After her husband (or farm hand)  milks the cow, she is responsible for processing the milk into butter or soft cheese. She often has a custom butter mold with her own unique design inside, marking it as her “brand”.  She then sells the butter to her town’s general store for store credit or cash. Here are a couple of butter molds on display in the museum.

Butter Molds

#5 – Modern Cheesemaking

Milk is now delivered to the cheese factory in large trucks, from there all kinds of cheese are made. We saw that in Arena and Rudolph.

Modern Cheese Making

salting cheese in Rudolph

#6 – Summary

Dairy Industry Summary

Milk Presentation Sponsors

That was an AMAZING presentation! In the center of this room is a library with dairy industry books and magazines.

Hoard Museum library

We completed our visit by seeing the other MANY artifacts, too many to count. Here is an array of butter churns.

Butter Churns

We will close our visit with a painting of the 7 Wonders of Wisconsin, the 7 cow breeds predominant in this state. This museum was well worth the time to see and we will return again to see any new exhibits, as they rotate some of them.  Thank you Frank Hoard for this gift to the community.

& Wonders of Wisconsin cow painting

 

Cows on the Concourse – June is National Dairy Month!


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First Saturday in June

You can’t have Wisconsin without cows, and this event celebrates them and National Dairy Month.  The “concourse” refers to the Capitol Square in downtown Madison. It’s fun for adults as well as kids.  you will also meet the young lady representing the Wisconsin Fairs and agriculture with the title, “Fairest of the Fair.”    They are chosen on a yearly basis.

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Fairest of the Fair ladies-
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And of course, the cows!  The kids get so excited! They even have a pretend cow to milk, and a mascot. We got our picture with him:)

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A few years ago the big promo was the Milk Mustache Campaign and we got a funny picture.

When you get hungry, there is lots of dairy foods for sale, grilled cheese sandwiches, ice cream and cold milk.

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Come on by for a great time. Don’t forget, the Dane County Farmers Market is going on too.