Franklin Historical Society

The mission of the Franklin Historical Society is to seek to preserve and foster appreciation of local history and to maintain living museums for educational and community enrichment.


Barn Museum Construction Started!

The ten year project that has greatly challenged the Franklin Historical Society in many ways is moving forward and will be completed this summer. This barn will be a “living museum” of Franklin’s farming family history. The purpose is that of education. There will be many displays to demonstrate how our farming families worked and lived in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Annual Meeting 2019

Last Saturday the Franklin Historical Society presented the “Waukesha Regiment” – 28th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry program by Kent Peterson from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. It was a most interesting program with Kent reading several letters written by the soldiers.

Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Saturday morning April 20 the Franklin Lions Club held their annual Easter Egg hunt in Lions Legend Park right next to the Franklin Historical Society’s historic village. Hundred of children hunted for the eggs on a beautiful day. Afterwards many parents and children toured our buildings.

Historic District

The Franklin Historical Society’s village of buildings has been land marked in 2018 as a “Historic District” by the Milwaukee County Historical Society.Pictured below is our new General Store display in the Old Town Hall.

The Stories of St. Martins

The Franklin Historical Society is pleased to announce another printing of its latest publication, The Stories of St. Martins, by local historian, Robert Storm. The book can be purchased for only $20 at the Franklin Public Library 9151 W. Loomis Rd. or Crossroads ll Pizza & Subs 11357 W. St. Martins Rd., or mailed to your home for a cost of $25 by calling Jim Luckey at 414-421-6539.
This book provides a detailed look a the historic village of St. Martins, Wisconsin including who was responsible for the village’s name, its location, and the canal that was planned for the area; when were the former and existing buildings constructed, who did the construction, and names of the family members that resided in them; a look at the businesses and churches, and profiles of some of the founding fathers.

Barn Museum Update

The Franklin Historical Society is proud to announce that a City of Franklin permit has been issued, and a contract has been signed with Vesel Contractors to begin construction of the building early in 2019. From the picture below you can see the foundation was done in the fall of 2017. We will have a grand opening on the Fourth of July 2019!