The History of Waseda Farms

The farm’s rolling hills were formed when the glaciers were melting and left large deposits of gravel and the melting ice made rivers around them. Immediately to the north and south, lower flat land not having these types of gravel deposits can be seen.

The farm was known as the Collins Dairy Farm when it was acquired by Philip R and Eleanor (Kavanaugh) O’Brien who ran it as a dairy farm and it became known as the O’Brien Farm. The O’Brien’s were from Chicago and Philip spent his entire career in the grain business and was director and president of the Chicago Board of Trade.

In the 1950s the O’Brien’s gave the farm to the Priests of Sacred Heart. The O’Brien family still has a summer home next to the retreat down by Kangaroo Lake.

Waseda Farms was owned by the Priests of the Sacred Heart for forty-seven years. It was part of the Saint Joseph’s Retreat, located on Kangaroo Lake.

The priests named the farm, Waseda Farms, for the serenity of the tall pines on the property. The Brothers used the farm as a work area.  The retreat used the three hundred and sixty acres and miles of trails for meditation and reflection.

The priests left behind grottoes, crosses and sitting areas to add to the quiet serene atmosphere. Today a different Catholic order, The Catholic Youth Expeditions, uses the trails and visits the fourteen foot cross mounted on the highest peak of the farm. The view from the cross spans over twenty miles of Door County’s beautiful terrain.

Great thanks should be given to the O’Brien’s and the priests for keeping this wonderful place together for over one hundred years.

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De Pere, WI 54115


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