The Linnaeus Visitor Center, also known as “The Barn”, (shown here during construction in 2005) is the oldest remaining building on the site of the David Travis Estate.
The Barn has served many functions during its nearly 100 years of existence. Originally it was simply a barn, built of long, straight-grained yellow pine in the style of the period; it housed the livestock of the property.
It evolved as a center to care for estate machinery, then Park Department equipment and supplies. It acquired modern wiring, a concrete floor in place of the dirt-and-straw, and plumbing for restrooms and a kitchen.
When the Barn became the home for the Linnaeus Teaching Garden in 2005, the pace of change quickened. Decay was repaired and space carved out for computers, reference material and office for our Director of Horticulture, Barry Fugatt.
Cooling and insulation were provided thru the generosity of our late benefactor, Mr. Walter Helmerich. Cedar paneling that slopes across the interior walls was installed by Linnaeus Gardeners.
The Visitor’s Center became the central hub of the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, a clean and attractive space which retains the rustic feel of a barn. Upstairs, the former hayloft is now a modest work space, storage area, and office.
Visitors can find arts and crafts made with botanical themes by our very own Linnaeus Gardeners, a Kids’ Corner of books and activities that can be borrowed and taken into the garden, and friendly Linnaeus Gardeners available to answer questions.
If you find the doors closed, give them a tug. The Barn is always open when the Garden is open.