Schumacher Farm Park

Where Dane County's Rural Heritage Comes Alive.

Step back in time...

This 40-acre farmstead, called Schumacher Farm Park, was gifted to the Dane County Parks Commission in 1978 by Marcella Schumacher Pendall, the only child of Henry Schumacher. The original farmhouse and barn built by Henry Schumacher in 1908 are accompanied by outbuildings of the same era, donated to the park from local farms. The property features trails through a 10-acre restored prairie that sits on a hilltop with a beautiful view of Waunakee and even a glimpse of the State Capitol Building. Our grounds are open year-round. 

In the warmer months, volunteers tend the chickens, the heirloom garden, and the small orchard. The park hosts workshops and public events, like our beloved Heritage Fest and Halloween at the Farm. Check our Calendar for our full schedule of events. 

The park represents a view into what life was like during the 1920s-1930s and offers a representation of Dane County's heritage through preservation, restoration, education and nature conservation. 

The Friends of Schumacher Farm manages programming for Schumacher Farm Park. Friends members are our most important assets! Learn more about membership or consider making a donation to keep this rural heritage alive in our community. 

Our Programs

Prairie Restoration

Prairie Restoration

The Schumacher Prairie was restored in the 1980s with the foresight of Marcella Pendall Schumacher, the knowledge and assistance of Wayne Pauley. Volunteers help manage the prairie year-round.

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Workshops

Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops throughout the year, ranging from maple sap to weaving. Check out our Workshops page to learn more. Workshops planned for this year are on the Calendar

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Chicken Wranglers

Chicken Wranglers

Tending the chickens is fun for the whole family. Learn about how to become a volunteer Chicken Wrangler!

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The Friends of Schumacher Farm

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