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.
Self-guided ongoing activities
Have a child that likes to solve puzzles? Bring the family out to the farm park and try out this winter riddle, which will be posted as supplies last. Look for this introduction panel by the white farmhouse and get your scorecard from the black mailbox nearby.
Hint: All puzzle panels are topped with pink flags to help you find them. Good luck and have fun!