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The Farmington Historical Society develops, promotes, preserves and protects the historical heritage, culture and spirit of the Farmington community.
The Farmington Historical Society, Washington County, Wisconsin, was developed in 1997 after celebrating Farmington's 150th Anniversary. We are a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the preservation of the Farmington community.
We work together to establish a database of pertinent records for genealogical and other purposes. We maintain collections of historical photographs and artifacts that have direct impact on our Township.
Farmington history is promoted in our schools through various programs. Popular among these is a curriculum developed for 4th graders that explores the history of the effigy mounds at Lizard Mound Park.
One of our most challenging, yet most rewarding, projects was the repair & restoration of Orchard Grove Cemetery in 2010. After completion, a new stone was placed honoring those buried there who served in the Civil War.
We welcome research requests and coordinate events to provide opportunities for the public to become more knowledgeable about Farmington's rich heritage.
As a Farmington Historical Society member, donor, or volunteer, you will join many others with the same desire to preserve and celebrate our past. We're a friendly, committed group of people who share a passion for Farmington’s history.
There's something for everyone! Download our Get Involved Form and let us know of your interest.
Membership benefits include invitation to special events promoted by the Society. Past events include a presentation by a War Dogs organization and an educational look at wedding attire and customs from bygone eras.Become a Member
Our projects are fueled by volunteers, some are members, and some are community volunteers. From cataloging and preservation of historical artifacts, to assisting with special events, we'll find a place for your talents!Give Your Time
“Regarded in the Farmington community as an elder statesman and leader, Norbert Dettmann's influence greatly impacted Washington County through his life of tireless service.”
—Washington County Achievement Hall of Fame
Our Founder: Norbert Dettmann
Our founder, Norbert "Norbie" Dettmann, was inducted into Washington County's Achievement Hall of Fame on December 1, 2022. The Achievement Hall of Fame spotlights extraordinary individuals—both past and present—who have shaped our community through their hard work, ingenuity and entrepreneurship.
Norbert was active in local, county, state, and national civic affairs. He served on the Washington County Board of Supervisors from 1963-1986 and was a member of the Washington County Landmark Commission. Norbert also served as chairman of the Town of Farmington from 1963-1973.
As a County Board member, Norbert had a dream that every young person should have the opportunity to attain local access to a college education. He was on the first advisory council in 1971 when the University of Wisconsin–Washington County (UWWC) was organized and served as one of its first commissioners. He was recently named an honorary UWWC Ambassador. Norbert also served on the planning committee for Farmington Elementary School, built in 1966.
A Lifetime of Service
Service to the Farmington community had been foremost in Norbert's life. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s United Church of Christ of Boltonville, now known as New Horizon UCC, where he was a member of the choir, served on the church council, and taught Sunday School. He was an officer of the Boltonville Union Cemetery Association and a member of the Boltonville Sportsman's Club and the Boltonville Fire Department, where he helped organize the annual Rain Days Picnics and Parades.
Norbert was a charter and general leader of the first 4-H Club in Boltonville. He later became the president of the Washington County Leaders Association and was a member of the Washington County Fair Board for 23 years. He also served on committees to celebrate the rich history of his community which led to the formation of the Farmington Historical Society in 1997.
Regarded in the Farmington community as an elder statesman and leader, Norbert Dettmann's influence greatly impacted Washington County through his life of tireless service. Norbert passed away on Christmas Day in 2020, at the age of 97.
The Tower Heritage Center's Achievement Hall of Fame exhibit is open to the public.
Serving our Community
We are honored to host the annual Memorial Day program of remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony held at Fillmore Turner Hall & Union Cemetery.