Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of the Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc.
Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was created to secure the future of the Farms for generations to come. The first important step is to refurbish the iconic farm structures as a part of a campus for broad community use. At a minimum, this will allow us to preserve our rural heritage and share many stories of our past to inform the present. There are many Door County residents and visitors that see the Farm as a “cathedral” of sorts, representing an important part of what makes Door County… “Door County.”
Why are you moving two of the cottages?
The historic cottages remain an integral part of the story of Horseshoe Bay Farms and thus we are relocating two of them from the shoreline to the main property on the bluff side of the road. Specifically, the Assistant Herdsman’s house and the Assistant Farm Managers house are robust enough to make the journey across the road. Eventually these cottages could be used to offer educational sessions, house guest educators and speakers, and otherwise remind us of the stories of Door County’s past.
How will I be able to access the Farms?
Once the restoration is complete, the volunteer Board of Directors of Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. will work on plans to provide safe public access to the property. In addition, the Farms will be made available for community use by various organized groups such as the Door County Visitor Bureau, historical societies, and other civic groups.
What is your timeline?
Our first and most urgent priority is to secure the remaining money necessary to make this project a reality. We secured sufficient gifts to enable us to purchase the Farms in November of 2018, but much work remains to be done. Restoration efforts are planned to begin by the end of the summer of 2019 and we hope to then hold community sessions to gather input from the many donors to the project and other stakeholders in the community. Our intent is to open the Farms more broadly to the community by 2020.
How will my donation be used?
Your gift is an ESSENTIAL part of this project. Without it we will be unable to secure the property, move the cottages, and restore the farm buildings. Specifically, your gift will be used to help with the following:
Transfer ownership of land, buildings and artifacts $ 500,000
Refurbishment of building envelopes 400,000
Relocation of farm cottages to main property 175,000
Development of educational programs and other costs 75,000
Total Cost: $ 1,150,000