Ice cream social planned at Big Oaks


An old-fashioned ice cream social is planned for 5 p.m Aug. 7 at Big Oaks Conservation Society and Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.

The event will take place at the historic Oakdale Schoolhouse, with short walking tours and short van tours of Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge before the serving of dessert.

At 6 p.m., guest speaker Orbin Ash, a historic preservationist, will talk about the building. Homemade ice cream and desserts will be served.

Oakdale is a one-room stone schoolhouse built in 1869 on the refuge. The school will be open for tours and viewing at the event.

To attend the event, follow the brown directional signs to the refuge office off of U.S. 421 in Madison. Additional signs will direct visitors to Oakdale Schoolhouse, which is located on Paper Mill Road (Morgan Road on the refuge).

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