Below are a number of photos of our grounds over various years and events at our show.  You can see how we have continued to grow and add more interesting exhibits and sights for our visitors.

Suspension Barn Model

This model is an exact replica of an existing barn located in the Rock Springs area in Wisconsin

These Suspension Barns required more large timbers to carry the weight because of the free stable basement area

The different types of construction to look for include:

  • Large timbers
  • Mortise and tendon joints pinned with hardwood pins
  • First floor supported by 6 (2 1/2″) steel rods
  • Roof Rafters half lapped and pinned
  • 1 inch thick roof boards
  • Choice of hand split cedar shingles or standing ridge tin roof
  • Siding tight with batten strips or siding with spacers for ventilation
  • Large sliding door for easy opening
  • Hay shoots for feeding cattle in basement
  • Wide boards for flooring
  • Laid up lime stone wall, quarried  locally
  • Large hay mow for putting loose hay in the mow
  • Cupola on the roof for updraft ventilation
Note:  You may notice the large timbers are walnut.  In WW II, the military was in need of dry walnut wood to be used for gun stocks.  They went to South-west Wisconsin where there was a surplus of walnut timbers in old barns  The government would build the owners a new barn if they could have the walnut timber to build gun stocks for the war effort.

The Eldred (Art) Hug Sawmill 2011

The mill was purchased used in 1941 in Edon, Ohio for a cost of $750 which included the building that it was in. Art tore the building down and reused much of it in the building that I removed the mill from.  Art is currently 93 years old and had run the mill daily until he was 78. That is when his son-in-law and grandson took over operations. They sawed weekly to produce lumber for the shipping box business that they owned.  Art’s son-in-law and grandson operated the mill until December of 2008.

Women’s Building 2010

The Grand Opening of the Women’s Building at the Badger Steam & Gas Engine Club Baraboo, Wisconsin
The Board of Directors gather to honor the Raschein Sisters, whose past efforts inspired the dedication of this new building in August 2010

Programs presented by the Sprecher Sister
2010 Theme – ‘Chickens, Feedsacks & Quilts’

Photos From The 2009 Show

Photos courtesy of Tim Minch of Rudolph, Wisconsin