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MONONA'S INAUGURAL "SCARECROW SHOW"

VOTE HBGHS FOR BEST BUSINESS DISPLAY

Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society is participating in Monona's first ever scarecrow contest.

The challenge is to design a fun and creative scarecrow or scarecrow scene.  The public will judge the "scarecrows" on originality, quality, and design and vote online.  The categories include best business display, best residential display, best scarecrow story, and people's choice.  

The HBGHS scarecrow display is called "Welcome to the Dean House".  It depicts Mrs. Harriet (Nathaniel) Dean, wearing a reproduction 1857 "Promenade" dress, welcoming three girls from Nichols School.  She is telling them about how she manages the farm house, built in 1865, and how she provides for her husband and the people who help run their 500-acre dairy farm.

DEAN HOUSE

This historic Italianate-style farmhouse was built in 1856.  It is located at the corner of Monona Drive and East Dean Avenue on the Monona Golf Course in Madison WI.  The original owners, Nathaniel and Harriet Dean, lived there for 15 years.  Currently the house is owned and operated by the Historic Blooming Grove Historical Society.  Usually tours are given on two Sunday afternoons per month.  But, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, tours and events have been cancelled for the time being.  For more information, call Ann Waidelich at 608-249-7920.  

VINTAGE PLOW 

This walk-behind plow was pulled by a horse and used to plow the fields on a farm.  It was manufactured between 1870 and 1910.  The plow was restored by Gary Hess and is now located outside, at the northwest corner of the house.    

Scarecrow Show voting will open from Saturday, October 24 thru Saturday, October 31.  Check out our scarecrow scene and vote for it as best business display!  The HBGHS "scarecrow" is entry no. 30.  Please vote for us using no. 30 at the website below:

www.surveymonkey.com/r/qr_code/scarecrowshow

* WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO RENOVATE THE BACK PORCH OF THE DEAN HOUSE *

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Mission

  • To preserve and advance the history of

     Blooming Grove Township,

      the City of Monona,

     and Madison's southeast side

  • To restore, furnish, preserve, and promote

     the Nathaniel and Harriet Dean House

     as a center for local history research,

     cultural events, and a testament to the

     pioneer spirit that brought people to

     Blooming Grove Township,

     in Dane County, Wisconsin