SAVE HISTORIC KENT/SPRING RANCH BARNS
What is the Van Damme Project?
The historic Spring Ranch Barns are part of Van Damme State Park and are located in a high open meadow alongside Highway 1 overlooking the Pacific ocean. There are several barns on the property, but the oldest barn is circa 1864. Sheep ranching, butter-making, dairy, butchering are some of the responsibilities carried out at the ranch. The history reveals the successes and struggles of pioneer life and family members still live in the area. The privately-owned Spring house is located across Highway 1 from the barns and is currently a vacation rental. Map
The Van Damme Project comprises more than one level of support.
- Stabilization: The goal is to save as many of the Spring Ranch Barns as possible, but the three-bay and long barns might be beyond saving.
- Collaboration: Discussions between the donors, community and Parks as to the eventual use of the barns - community center; special events; living history ranch...
How does the donor program work?
- The Project provides guests of participating lodging establishments , and donors, the opportunity to make a contribution to help save these scenic and beautifully proportioned barns before they deteriorate beyond repair.
- Inn Guests: At checkout, a special surcharge (a small percentage of the room rate) will be added to the guest’s bill. The guest may opt out if they wish. The donation is entirely voluntary.
- Your donation proves that people value cultural history and allows us to encourage grant monies and additional contributions.
How will the donations be managed?
The donations will held in trust by Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) in an account restricted for use to save the Spring Ranch Barns. MAPA, a nonprofit that is independent of State Parks, supports education programs, four visitor centers/museum, and important park improvement projects, like this one for the Spring Ranch Barns. However, the donations raised for the Van Damme Project will be used strictly for this particular park improvement project.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN SAVE HISTORY AND INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS.