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Some buildings remain closed, but Old World readies for reopening on July 24

Old World Wisconsin, Old World Wisconsin reopens

While several buildings will be closed to the public when Old World Wisconsin officially reopens on July 24, there were 25 smiling interpreters on hand and eager to meet people for a media event on Thursday, said Marty Perkins, Curator of Research for Old World Wisconsin.

Perkins said the Caldwell Farmers Hall will be fenced off and closed as the museum reopens with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, plus Farm Power Day. The Grotelueschen blacksmith shop, the Peterson wagon shop and the stable behind the General Store in the Crossroads Village area will not be accessible during opening events, as well as the Grube barn on the Schulz farm in the German area.

Additionally, there is no picnic area by the Clausing Barn at this point; however there are other tented areas available for picnicking.

Smiling interpreters at Old World Wisconsin greeted a school group from Sauk Circle during the media open house on Thursday.

The blacksmith and wagon shops remain closed to the public.

Tony Casper, part of the farm staff at Old World Wisconsin, pets the calf that survived the June 21 tornado after the shed where the calf lived was destroyed.

The once wooded parking lot at Old World Wisconsin now sits as open space with the Clausing Barn in clear view.

The Caldwell Farmers Hall sits alone and fenced off for the reopening activities. The shed next to the hall was destroyed. All the animals that lived in the shed survived and have been moved to a barn in the Crossroads Village.

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