To the editor:

Some may say that it's just another old barn but the "Save the Miller Barn" project is not just about saving a barn, it's much more than that. The Miller Barn provides an opportunity to preserve one of the city's few remaining historical buildings as the site for a cultural/heritage center that will bring to life the people and experiences of our history for people of all ages.

Every community needs an anchor that can inspire and preserve the stories and lifestyles that were responsible for their early settlement. Whether you are part of generations who have lived here in Woodbury for decades or a new resident. We all are part of this community. Knowing our past history is a key part of connectivity to a community.

The Woodbury Heritage Society will be working with the City of Woodbury to develop a master plan for Valley Creek Park, a 60-acre property where the Miller Barn is located.

Restoring the nearly100-year-old barn as part of the larger park improvement plan represents an opportunity for Woodbury and the surrounding east metro communities to celebrate Woodbury's rich farming heritage and share the strong history of the families who founded communities in the east metro.

The French picnic, also known as "Le Diner Blanc" fundraiser is scheduled for 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at Valley Creek Park, 11500 Valley Creek Road.

In keeping with the French tradition, a delectable, French picnic basket meal, including wine, will be served by the famous Lake Elmo Inn. The event also will feature a captivating auction and great entertainment. White tables, chairs and decorations will add to the elegant theme of the event. Attendees are encouraged to wear white to help create a fun, unique experience, but it is optional.

Tickets range from $65 to $100. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. For details, including menu items and ticket information, visit

Volunteers also are needed for assisting the day of the event. For more information, contact Joyce Flynn of the Woodbury Heritage Society at

To learn more ways you can help save the Miller barn, visit For more information about the Woodbury Heritage Society, visit

Joyce Flynn


Joyce Flynn is a Woodbury Heritage Society board member