About the Historic Preservation Charity
In 2018, a group of concerned citizens led by the family of David & Lori Nicholas founded a new 501(c)(3) public charity with the goal of acquiring the historic Horseshoe Bay Farms so that they aren’t forever lost to the past. We invite you to join the Nicholas family as a “Founding Family” of Horseshoe Bay Farms – because without gifts from people like you, history has taught us that these iconic structures will remain in jeopardy.
Just a decade ago, the Farms were to be sold to the highest bidder and developed into condominiums. Thankfully, at the 11th hour Glenn and Barbara Timmerman stepped forward and purchased Horseshoe Bay Farms to keep them from being demolished. However none of us will live forever, thus the Timmerman’s personal stewardship is not a permanent solution to preserving the Farms. That’s why we created the new charity Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc.
The cost of acquiring and preserving the Farms is $1.15 million. That includes the purchase of the property, structures, and historic farm equipment on the bluff side of the road. It also covers the cost of relocating several of the most historic cottages from the shoreline to the main property. The remainder of the moneys would be used to restore and preserve the farm buildings themselves.
Thankfully, we already have commitments of $1 million. Thanks to the Nicholas Family’s remarkably generous leadership gift of $750,000, we were able to purchase the Farms in November 2018. But we still need your help to forever preserve the Farms. We now need generous people like you to join us as a “Founding Family” and ensure that the Farms will forever be preserved.
Working in partnership, several generous families, numerous community volunteers, and the Door County Community Foundation have joined forces to realize this vision. We are excited to not only preserve this important piece of Door County’s history, but assure a plan is in place that allows future generations to enjoy this iconic civic landmark. In the coming year, Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. will begin the interpretive planning process that will reveal the remarkable history of this space and share it with the public in the most memorable and meaningful way. Following an interpretive plan, we will embark on an exhaustive master planning process that will identify key projects, strategies, and programs that maximize the visitor experience. The master plan will serve as a guiding document for continued historic preservation and rehabilitation, environmental conservation, and public programming that will include community events and educational opportunities. But none of this will be possible without your help.
Join us as a “Founding Family” of the forever preserved Horseshoe Bay Farms. Your gift will ensure that the Farms will be protected from development and available for future generations. To learn more, call the Community Foundation at (920) 746-1786 or donate today.