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Marathon County historical society selling new cuttings of Yawkey House grapevine


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - You can help preserve a piece of Wausau's history with a purchase of some very special cuttings of a grape vine.

It's the grapevine that grows along the pergola at the Yawkey House museum in Wausau, which dates back to the 1840s. Master Gardener Dana Sanst says the plant is historical all on its own. "They have found that the plant is over 150 years old. There are very few plants that around that long." Cuttings of the vine have been carefully made in order to preserve the plant and help spread its seeds a little bit further.

Sanst says they're not sure where the plant came from. "It could have been planted by a bird, it could have been seeded in from the mother plant that was there before that." She says it is a native grape to the region, and that the vine is very robust.

The seedlings will cost you ten dollars apiece and come in their own pots. Sanst says you should take careful care of them. "They can plant them right away, but they need a good, well drained, fertile soil and consistent watering."

Proceeds will go towards the Historical Society. You can call for more information at 715-842-5750