Richfield Historical Society

Richfield, WI


Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 22, 2018 ~ 7pm
Jim Draeger: “Fill ‘Er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations”

Let’s hit the road with Jim Draeger for a guided tour of 59 vintage Wisconsin gas stations. Mr. Draeger’s tour will transport you back to an era when a stop at a gas station meant service with a smile, a windshield wash, and the cheerful question, “Fill ‘er Up?”....Read More

Maple Syrup Family Day
Saturday, March 24, 2018 ~ 11am-4pm

Steam rising from the boiler making maple tree sap into syrup, blacksmiths at work, story time in the log cabin and much more. Enjoy a day outside at the Richfield Historical Park....Read More

Step Back in Time
May 13, June 10, July 8, August 12, 2018

Have fun doing the chores of yesteryear in the historic buildings located in Richfield Historical Park--ring a dinner bell, haul grain, grind coffee....Read More

Richfield Art at the Mill
Saturday, July 28, 2018

Call for Artists & Vendors

Artist Guidelines
Artist Application Form
Vendor Guidelines
Vendor Application Form

20th Annual Thresheree and Harvest Festival
Sat., Sept. 15 & Sun., Sept. 16
Photo Gallery - 2017 Thresheree

Christmas at Richfield Historical Park (Venue for Christmas in Richfield)
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018


Upcoming Monthly Programs

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RHS in Action

Traveling Trunk Enjoyed by 4th Graders

Items from long ago were taken to St. Peter's School (Slinger) and Richfield Elementary by Kathy Weberg, volunteer for the Society. A handmade wool lady's swimsuit was a big hit as well as a beaver coat. Many more items brought history alive for these eager 4th graders.




Majestic Maples are Tapped in Richfield Historical Park

The RHS Maple Syrup Team has tapped the trees and are hoping the weather will cooperate with warm days and cool nights. When this happens, the sweet sap is collected and boiled into delicious syrup....Read More

Antiques, Appraisals & Delicious Chili -- What a Combination!

On Sunday, February 18, about 400 interested visitors arrived at the Friess Lake School to browse among antique dealers' booths looking for that special item, find out the value of a long-forgotten treasure and enjoy a bowl of steaming hot chili....Read More

Messer/Mayer Mill Foundation Being Restored - South Wall in Place and Stone Facing In Progress!

In early 2018, the Messer/Mayer Mill will once again have a solid foundation. That will pave the way to "Get the Mill Grinding" -- the goal of the Richfield Historical Society. Way back in 2008, a friend of the Richfield Historical Society, Ivan Laubenheimer, left $100,000 to the Society....Read More

Read This Month's Interesting Story About Randy Mayer and His Red Ryder BB Gun...Click Here



Weekly Highlights

Historic Photo

Does anyone remember when there was a bridge across Hwy 175 at Meeker Hill, WI? Art Felsing used to drive the family cows across old Hwy 41 (now Hwy 175) to get to the pasture. With the coming of the automobile, this became very dangerous. In 1927, the State Dept. of Highways moved a steel truss bridge with a wood plank deck from Barton to Meeker Hill. This re-connected Mequon Road which had been dissected in 1923 when Hwy 41 was straightened by making a cut into Meeker Hill to lessen the grade. Then the farmers used the bridge to move their cows safely. The bridge was torn down in 1967.


Unique Model of Messer/Mayer Mill at Richfield Village Hall

In September, Joe Rinker presented his 3/8 scale model of the Messer/Mayer sawmill, circa 1857, and gristmill, circa 1870, to the RHS. The unique model is now on display at the Richfield Village Hall. The RHS has completed extensive restoration work on the real grist mill in Richfield Historical Park, but the sawmill no longer exists. The model took Mr. Rinker 750 hours in over 4-year period to build this intricate model.

What Was Farming Like at the Turn of the Century?

A team of RHS volunteers is talking with many folks who were from farming families 'back in the day'. These persons are sharing their stories--otherwise this valuable history would be lost....Read More

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