On our way back to Hudson / New Richmond, we stopped at the Thomas Stone Barn in Barneveld, WI. The barn / homestead from Pam’s family and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Pam’s cousin Doug Thomas lives and manages the farm.
Not only did we visit, but Doug needed help to unload the hay he bailed the day before. We all pitched in to get the job done.
The Prairie Enthusiasts acquired this property from Doug Thomas, whose family has owned the property for four generations since purchased in 1860. The property includes a historic barn, which is on the National Register and State Register of Historic Places. The land is just north of 79 acres The Nature Conservancy purchased from Harold Thomas, Doug Thomas’s father, in 1997. In 2005 the Driftless Area Land Conservancy purchased a conservation and historic preservation easement from the Thomas family to permanently protect the 190-acre Thomas farm and historic barn.
Most of the land is open to the public for hiking, hunting and wildlife watching. Mr. Doug Thomas retained a life estate on 11.2 acres that include the Thomas home, historic barn and other farm buildings, and this land is not yet open to the public.