Turville Farm Aerial Image 3 - 1937
This is a 1937 aerial view of the Turville farm. The Lake Monona shoreline is in the top right corner and the direction of view is from the south with north at the top of the image.
There are six Turville family houses and two cottages in this image as well as other farm buildings. The Olin Park pavilion can be seen in the upper left corner of the image.
The Turville farm was not a dairy farm but instead grew many vegetable crops that were sold to Madison are residents from 1854 to the mid 1900's. You might say it was a truck farm, but initially the fields were plowed using cows and later with horses as trucks and automobiles did not exist until the early 1900's. Crops were harvested by hand and for many of the early years taken to downtown Madison by boat across Lake Monona as the dirt roads between the farm and downtown Madison were often in rough shape. The Turville family also grew many flower varieties for sale in the Madison area and collected seeds from their crops to sell to the Olds Seed Company.
You can go to the website below to learn more about the historic Turville farm in Madison, Wisconsin: