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Plank Road Barn
The Plank Road Barn

The First Kindergarten in the United States was begun in Watertown in 1856 by Margarethe Meyer Schurz, whose husband was the famous German- American statesman Carl Schurz. The building was moved from downtown Watertown to its present location in 1956. Its interior depicts an early class in session.


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The Plank Road Pioneer Barn was built in 1848 by Wenzel Quis and was originally located at the western terminus of the Watertown- Milwaukee Plank Road, across the Rock River yet only a short distance east of its present site. Moved to the grounds in the early 1960's, it now houses a collection of pioneer tools and farm implements.