Barn tour benefits historical society |

Barn tour benefits historical society

by Ellen Caywood

It’s Barn Tour weekend and the weather should be just perfect. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, call 782-2555 or go on over to the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center to pick them up. This is an event you don’t want to miss.

We know that the economy is tight and $25 per ticket is a lot of money, but this is a once a year fundraiser to help support our museums. You can lower the price by $5 per ticket by joining the Historical Society; your membership helps us preserve our Valley history like these amazing barns.

Do you know what you get for the price of your ticket, besides knowing that you are supporting your local museums? First you get inside six privately owned historic barns. These barns have withstood our Nevada wind and weather for over 100 years. This year’s barns include the Hellwinkel, Lampe-Jacobs, Heitman-Brunelle barns as well as the Henningsen, Sarman and Dangberg Ranch barns. Your ticket will give you the history on these barns as well.

In addition to touring the barns, you will get free admission to both the Gardnerville Museum and the Courthouse Museum in Genoa and a reduced rate admission to the Dangberg Home Ranch. There will also be experts available on everything from mortise and tenon barn construction to barn owl history and lore. Then we top all that off with an ice cream social. Call 782-2555 and get your tickets today.

Our other major summer fundraiser is our annual Taste of the Towns, Aug. 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. This tour of our local restaurant fare starts in the Gardnerville Museum parking lot where you will find Port of Subs, Papa Murphy’s, Tahoe Ridge Winery, Buona Sera and Margarita Man. New this year will be Killer Salsa, 88 Cups & More, La Lee Pops, La Hacienda Del Sazon, The Grill Next Door and Moose & Squirrel.

The walking part of the “Taste” will head to the Overland, The New Market Cafe at the Historian Inn, The New Rancho Grande, JT’s, Sharkey’s, and Cafe Girasole. Shops open will include Ruby Rose City & Saddle Clothes, Classical Glass, Nevada Ugly, Cheshire Antiques, Country Carousel and Battle Born Wine.

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If you have read this column for any length of time, you are aware that Douglas County Historical Society seldom receives any financial assistance from our County and State governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful Valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy both the valley and its history. The barn owners who open their barns for this tour and the restaurants and shops who participate in the Aug. 4 Taste of the Towns do so with no compensation. They are doing their part to help support your local museums.

If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at

Contact Ellen Caywood by email at

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