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Ancestry Acres Project

Jan Wilkey, Barb Styczynski, & Nancy O'Kelley met with Maxine Erickson (2nd from right) at the Robert Vickery Homestead.  Maxine and her family lived in the farmhouse for 42 years and told them of the updates and changes she knew about.

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This shows the front of the property after many trees were removed                  The side of the property in front of the garages.

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Behind the house. You can also see on the photo the play area that the village is setting up for the neighborhood kids

ANCESTRY ACRES VISION

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This property is located at 12787 Velp Avenue in the Village of Suamico. It has been leased to the Howard-Suamico Historical Society for a term of 99 years by the Village of Suamico.


Development Phases:

The Ancestry Acres Project will be divided into three main phases.
Phase 1: Barn Restoration
Phase 2: House Restoration - Want to help? Our wish list! 
             Volunteer painters are needed. Call Tim at 434-3514
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Phase 3: Outer Buildings and Grounds


Once the pre-1870 barn is restored, we will make it accessible to the surrounding communities as a museum and as a location for events (i.e., barn dances and ice-cream socials). It is a primary goal of the Society to involve the area schools as much as possible, including: art displays, guided tours utilizing docents to explain how early settlers lived in the area, etc.


The house, built before 1870 by Robert and Elizabeth Vickery, will also be open to the public, with docents explaining life in the late 1870’s in the area.

The granary is a very unique and interesting building; while very old and in need of some renovation, it is basically in good repair and will house several of the items used on a typical farm.

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History of Robert Vickery Homestead


The house was built by prominent Suamico settlers Robert Vickery and his wife, Elizabeth. Robert and Elizabeth emigrated from England in 1856 and settled in Suamico sometime after 1860.The Vickery’s raised their family on this homestead, which is a great example of early farm life in the area.

The Robert Vickery family, as well as Elizabeth’s family members were featured in the book, “Double Wedding Ring” by Patricia Wendorf, a well-known international author and a relative of the Vickerys. Elizabeth died in 1910 and Robert died in 1914. The property was sold to Robert Vickery Jr. in 1910.

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Vickery Homestead Project Committee


Tim Rasmussen, Chairman
Nancy O’Kelley
Barb Styczynski
Jerry Steffen
Joy Schabow
Russ Roland

Robert Vickery - Robert Vickery, Jr - Elizabeth Vickery

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Back area of Vickery property

Barn & granary

Vickery Granary

Vickery Barn

Vickery House

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HELP SAVE THE BARN AT THE ROBERT VICKERY HOMESTEAD

To realize our goal of restoring a historically important homestead, we are launching a fundraising campaign to begin work on the 1870’s barn’s foundation. The cost of restoring the foundation is anticipated to be between $25,000 and $30,000. The society is seeking tax-deductible donations from individuals and corporations.

The barn will display plaques recognizing donors to the restoration. You can help to restore this local historical landmark with a donation. Questions? Contact Mary Steffen (246-2947), Russ Roland (621-3935) or Nancy O’Kelley (434-0533). Or use the donation form below. 
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