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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.

The Plank Road Barn was originally located along the Watertown-Milwaukee Plank Road a short distance east of the present site. Moved to the grounds in the early 1960's, it now houses a collection of pioneer tools and farm implements.


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