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W2803 US Hwy 18

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W2803 US Hwy 18 | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Michael & Margaritha Beck Farmstead
Reference Number:100002092
Location (Address):W2803 US Hwy 18
Michael and Margaritha Beck Farmstead
W2803 US Highway 18
Town of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin
Dates of Construction: circa 1865 to 1937

Michael and Margaritha Beck (Bieck), immigrant farmers from Germany, established this farm in 1865. At the time, most farms in Jefferson County raised grain cash crops and maintained a few dairy cows to provide milk that could be made into cheese and butter for their own personal consumption. But by the 1870s, farmers sought the next stable cash crop after the demise of the wheat and hops era of the mid-nineteenth century. Dairy farming proved to be it, as farmers realized that the sale of milk to cheese and butter factories could provide a steady income and would not require the making of these products on the farm themselves. Farmers, especially those in Jefferson County, embraced dairying and converted many existing barns into dairy barns. New dairy barns were constructed on almost every farmstead, along with structures related to dairy farming such as silos and corn cribs. The Beck Farmstead followed this trend and was transitioned to dairying, which continued through multiple subsequent owners of the farm. The farm, including a farmhouse, bank barn, machine shed, granary, milk house, corn crib, privy, and flagpole maintains remarkable integrity and quality in its organization, materials, and appearance. The farm today is architecturally intact and an excellent example of a late nineteenth-early twentieth century dairy farm in rural Jefferson County.

This property is private. Please respect the rights and privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1865-1937
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Domestic: Single Dwelling
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Animal Facility
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Agricultural Outbuildings
Historic Use:Agriculture/Subsistence: Storage
Architectural Style:Late 19th And Early 20th Century American Movements
Resource Type:Building
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
National Register Listing Date:02/05/2018
State Register Listing Date:02/24/2017
Number of Contributing Buildings:7
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:1
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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