Richfield Historical Society

Richfield, WI


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RHS in Action

Art at the Mill"It was a great event". "Fantastic show".

These are just a few of the comments about Art at the Mill held on June 18 at the Richfield Historical Park. It was a perfect day to browse among talented exhibitors....Read More


Area 3rd Graders Experience Life As It Was Long Ago

Education Day - Pumping WaterOn May 19, 2022, children from Erin and HNR schools spent a day at the Richfield Historical Park. They sifted flour, pumped water and did many other tasks performed by the Messer and Mayer families who lived on the property long ago....Read More


Ambitious Hartford High School Students Work at the Park

On May 18, 36 hardworking students from Hartford High School spent several hours at the Richfield Historical Park. They spread mulch, dug weeds, took artifact inventories, cleaned the Mill House, spruced up flower beds and stacked stone. The park looks great, and it was a joy working with them. Thank You!

Hartford High School Students
Hartford High School Students
Hartford High School Students
Hartford High School Students
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Hartford High School Students
Hartford High School Students



Loom in Motz Log Cabin is Refurbished

Loom RefurbishedMark & Lori Tonn, makers of beautiful handwoven rag rugs, made the loom in the Motz Log Cabin like new....Read More




New Garbage Bins for the Richfield Historical Park

New Garbage Bins in the Richfield Historical ParkThis is one of the four trash containers that will soon be located in the Richfield Historical Park. This one is complete except for the cedar shingles to form the "roof" to match the other buildings in the Park. These containers were built by the talented Thursday volunteer crew. Please use them as you are enjoying the Park.


What a Turnout for Maple Syrup Maple Syrup Family DayFamily Day on March 26, 2022!!

Even though the weather was quite blustery, maybe visitors enjoyed a pancake breakfast, learned about maple syrup, saw a smithy at work, petted a goat, shredded corn stalks....Read More


RHS 25th Anniversary Logo2022 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Richfield Historical Society

Learn what RHS has done in its 25 years of existence. Throughout this year, the Society's accomplishments will be published. Check back often.....Click Here for Accomplishments


BustleDo you know what this is? This started its popularity in the mid-to-late 19th century....Read More



Visit the Richfield Historical Park Virtually

A great video has been made of theOverniew of Richfield Historical Park Richfield Historical Park featuring all of the buildings and the RHS events held in the Park. Click here to enjoy!!


Weekly Highlights

Something About Richfield

George Mayer once was the owner and operator of the George Mayer and Daisy by the radioMesser/Mayer Mill located in the Richfield Historical Park. He and his family lived in the house that was (and still is) located on the property. In the evening when the mill closed, Crosley Radiothe evening chores completed and supper was over, George would sit in the kitchen and listen to the radio. The radio was made by Crosley (1920s). Usually the family dog, George Mayer's ChairDaisy, would be at his feet. The chair was also used by George when he shaved or sat by the kitchen window. The original radio, chair in which George sat and George’s shaving mug and brush are in the Mill House. Take a lGeorge Mayer's Shaving Mug & Brushook at them when you visit the house during one of the Richfield Historical Society events such as Art at the Mill on June 18.

Photos: George Mayer listening to the radio, Radio, George’s chair, George’s Saving Mug & Brush


Something About the Park

An artifact in the Richfield Historical Society’s collection is a Sandwich Horse Power. This was a device to which horse(s), usually 1, 2 or 4, were harnessed. The deviceSandwich Horse Power was attached to a piece of farming equipment such as a thresher or a sheller. The horses walked around and around the device to which it was harnessed, thus providing the power to operate the thresher, sheller, etc.

Augustus Adams was in the foundry business in Elgin, IL. In 1856, he started the Sandwich Manufacturing Co. in Sandwich, IL.  Adams and his 2 older sons developed their own brand of spring and cylinder corn shellers, both hand and power operated, Sandwich Horse Power Adand soon branched out into other types of farm equipment as well as engines.  While not as large as many of the other equipment manufacturers, the Sandwich Line of high-quality equipment was known the world over.

Sandwich Manufacturing Co. was sold to New Idea Spreader Co. of Coldwater, OH in 1930, and the manufacture of Sandwich Engines was stopped. As New Idea began to consolidate their product line, the plant at Sandwich was converted to a warehouse and Dealers Training Horses Providing PowerCenter.  As part of the changeover, unfortunately, all of the old Sandwich and later New Idea records were destroyed along with over 100 tons of parts for everything from hand shellers to engines.  All Engine records were burned during the clean-up.

Photos: RHS Sandwich Horse Power; Sandwich Two-Horse Samson Power, No. 6; Horses Providing Power


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