The proposal to transform the James and Macie King Barn, located in what is now referred to as the "Soccerplex" off Schaeffer Road, into a heritage museum and education center on dairy farming and the dairy industry is well on its way.
A "Memorandum of Understanding" with Montgomery County Parks has been drafted and is making its way through the various departments of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) gathering signatures of approval.
The barn has been painted and new conical roofs--identical to the original--have been placed on the twin silos. The grounds are well cared for and water and sewer hook-up and parking are all nearby. The King Dairy Mooseum Steering Committee, a division of the Germantown Historical Society, is gathering members and a Board of Advisors and a Board of Trustees has been established.
The Committee had displays on the Mooseum at the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair and the Happy Birthday Montgomery County Celebration. The "Cow Art" Project will begin sometime this school year. Individual schools will sponsor an artful life-sized cow created by the students in their art classes. Each cow will be given a prominent place in a stanchion in the barn. The Committee is also collecting cow memorabilia and will in the future be collecting dairy farm and dairy industry artifacts.
For more information or to volunteer call Barbara McGraw, 301-229-4385.