For more than 150 years, Verona’s historic Davidson House has sat on the banks of the Sugar River. In that time, it’s certainly seen its share of yard work – and now people have a chance to both see the property and lend a hand themselves in keeping it maintained, at the Verona Area Historical Society’s work day at the house, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18.

The house is at the end of a long driveway officially known on some maps as “Oak Grove Road,” which comes off of Hwy. 69 heading south out of Verona, VAHS president Jesse Charles said. The road is immediately south of Riverside Drive and north of Locust Drive, on the west side of Hwy. 69.

The home is believed to have been built by early Verona settler Patrick Davidson around the 1850s, Charles wrote the Press in an email. Davidson also brought Verona its first horse-drawn threshing machine, as well as a love for performing Scottish music with neighboring farmers at early community gatherings.

The house and its surrounding property was acquired by Dane County Parks in 2018, and the Verona Area Historical Society is a partner in helping take care of the house, “one of the last of its kind in Verona,” Charles wrote.

During the work day, volunteers will help cut back weeds, rake leaves and do other general yard maintenance tasks. Work gloves and any general yard work/gardening tools are recommended, as well as long sleeves, pants and outdoor shoes. Parking is available on site.

“If you don’t feel like getting dirty, feel free to drop by just to see the house up close and ask questions,” Charles wrote.

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