The Mitchell–Rountree Stone Cottage in Platteville is celebrating its 175th anniversary during 2012.
The Stone Cottage is operated and maintained by the Grant County Historical Society, which is making plans for the first of three events to celebrate the anniversary over the course of the summer.
Family Fun Day will be held at the Stone Cottage, at Wisconsin 81 and Madison Street, Sunday, June 24 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event, focusing on children, will feature music, old-fashioned games, refreshments, arts and crafts, tours and book-readings.
Volunteers from the Grant County Master Gardeners and Platteville Junior Girl Scout Troop 5027 recently spent several hours helping prepare the gardens at the Stone Cottage for this summer’s activities. The Girl Scout troop and their leader, Rashawnda Kemerling, planted a Three Sisters Garden, an ancient method of gardening using a system that grows corn, beans and squash simultaneously in the same growing area. It would have been popular in 1837 when the Stone Cottage was built.
The Master Gardeners, under the direction of president Karin Peacock, removed invasive species, weeding, planting new flowers and mulching the two flower beds lining the fence in front of the Stone Cottage. The GCMG donated perennials and annuals to existing beds of perennials. Master Gardener volunteers and others who assisted with the effort included Carley Borcherding, Bev Loy, Grant and Lafayette county ag agent Ted Bay, Kathy Kubitz, Arlene Siss, Myleen Ward, Karen Mahoney, Marjean Addison, Hailey and Gary Prohaska, and Ruth Ann Summers. John Urness tilled and prepared the Three Sisters Garden. John Hirsch and Karin Peacock did all the preliminary planning and led the effort.
Family Fun Day will be an opportunity to step back in time, slow down, and enjoy life as families might have done 175 years ago.