Wanted: $500,000 to preserve farm history
BY MATHIAS BADEN | FROM THE WOODBURY BULLETIN, JUNE 2016
Before a burgeoning insurance, manufacturing and healthcare business community, before the arrival of an international headquarters for Anytime Fitness, and before shopping malls and CityPlace, the largest employer in Woodbury was the land.
Prior to suburban living, there was woods and wetlands in Woodbury and farmers cleared the woods for cropland and grazing.
Woodbury Heritage Society is seeking support for preservation of one of Woodbury’s endangered species: the dairy farm. The Miller Barn, locate near but not visible from the intersection of Settlers Ridge Parkway and Valley Creek Road, is a symbol of the important role dairy farming played in Woodbury’s history. Local historians are looking to fundraise $60,000 for siding and roofing the barn so that the structure stops deteriorating while they create a new use for the historic structure.