They brought with them several horses from their Double A Bar S Ranch on the Des Moines River near Ogden, IA as well as the orange Dodge pickup.

In addition, around the grounds of Skonewood are tent camping sites.

In the early 1970’s they had Pickerel Lake renamed Little Mirror Lake.

They planted a huge cross of flowers along the shores of the lake.

In 2010 the flowers were replaced with white pavers that now form the cross, which is still Skonewood’s landmark today.

In 1977, they deeded the property to Skonewood, Inc, a religious non-profit Corporation and appointed a 12-member board consisting of 6 men and 6 women to oversee and direct the development of a Christian Retreat Center.

A dream that Art and Agnes Skone had to someday establish a place where Christians could come together to experience God in a natural, God Created, setting on Pickerel Lake.

They purchased the property consisting of 120 acres plus a house, barn and cabin that was later named Linga Longa (linger longer) by Agnes.

The ,000.00 bank loan was paid off in less than 5 years through the efforts of Agnes creating paintings and Art building the frames that they gave to individuals in return for contributions to Skonewood.

In the fall of 1981 12 Campsites were added with electrical hookup.