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Kriesel House (Mead and Hunt photo, 2007)

Kriesel Farmstead (Mead and Hunt photo, 2007)

Kriesel Barn (Mead and Hunt photo, 2007)

Louis C. and Augusta Kriesel Farmstead
132 STH 35/64, Town of St. Joseph, St. Croix County
Dates of construction: 1900-1910

Following the purchase of 80 acres of St. Croix County farmland in 1900, Louis C. and Augusta Kriesel embarked on an intense period of construction that lasted until at least 1910. Within those years, the farmstead grew to include a house, a barn and silo, a machine shed, a granary, a combination chicken house/ hog house/ slaughterhouse, a corn crib, a smokehouse, and a creamery, all arranged around a central farmyard. The collection of agricultural buildings was typical for a diversified farm and allowed the family to maintain animals, to store feed crops, and to produce dairy products for consumption and sale. During the early 20th century, the Kriesels operated a dairy farm, which coincided with the emergence of dairy farming in St. Croix County.

The farmhouse is virtually unaltered, retaining its original materials, floor plan, and exterior and interior features. In addition to the house, the agricultural buildings remain. The presence and arrangement of these buildings demonstrate how the Kriesel family was able to produce, store, and process a wide array of agricultural products, including feed grain for animals, meat, wool, milk, butter, vegetables, and fruit. The farmstead is a representative of agricultural development during this period in St. Croix County.

This property is privately owned. Please respect the rights sand privacy of the owner.


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