Jolievette House Historical Museum in Lodi


Even though I have been to Lodi many times since 2006, this was my first visit to this museum. It’s located at 173 South Main St. and owned by the Lodi Valley Historical Society. Contact them here.

Darlene Brisky
173 South Main, Lodi, 53555

Phone: (608) 592-3932

Hours: Open Sat from 10:00AM to 1:00PM or by appointment.
Memorial Day to November 30

Jolivette House and schoolbell in Lodi

Outside you will find the school bell in the display case here, and the historic Palmer Tree.

Lodi Grade School Bell and Plaque in Lodi

Palmer Tree and Plaque

This is the main gallery near the entrance.

Main Room at Lodi Museum

In the left corner is a doughnut in it’s own display case, produced on the last day of operation of Weber Bakery, which closed in 2014.

Weber Bakery Last Day Doughnut 3-22-14


American Legion Lodi year

A display of old phones and adding machine.

Phone and Adding Machine display in Lodi

 This a window from the mill that used to be here.

Okie Mill Round Window


Lodi’s Creamery used to produce butter.

Lodi American Beauty Butter ad


We now continue to the hallway, leading to the three other rooms in the house available for viewing.

Jolivette House hallway in Lodi

 On the left is a roll top desk and on that desk is a picture of Josie Treinen.  Who was she? She and her husband founded Treinen Farm in Lodi, now famous for farm entertainment.    Her grandson runs  Treinen Farm now. She was the grandmother of Darlene Ballweg of Ballweg Chevrolet in Sauk Prairie also.  You can see how much Darlene looks like her in this picture. Josie also painted this beautiful portrait of a Deer at Edge of  Lake.

Josie Treinen picture in Lodi


Deer at Edge of Lake Josie Treinen

Also some beautiful artwork by residents or donated family heirlooms. Here is a Norwegian Trunk by Marion Lione Johnson.

Marion Lione Johnson Norwegian Trunk

 And this cute lithograph with kittens, “The Five Senses”

The Five Senses Kitten Lithograph in Lodi

On the left is a room with vintage clothing and hats. This feathered hat caught my eye.

Hat room in Lodi Museum

Women's Feather Hat in Lodi museum

Looking behind us, the hat room on right.

Exhibit Room at Lodi Museum

And forward into the rest of the room.

Large room front in Lodi Museum

The view from the other side of the room.

Left side of display room in Lodi museum

In this room is a Bald Eagle display, it was found already deceased and then preserved.

Bald Eagle display in Lodi Museum

The Historical Society  acquired another property, the former Arlington Prairie Church.  Here is an article about their acquisition of the church in 2012. They are in the process of renovation.  For more information on the Lodi Valley Historical Society or how to contribute to the Arlington Prairie Church renovation, contact society president Audrey McCubbin at

Former Lutheran Church in Lodi

Looking back toward the kitchen, the self-guided tour takes you in a loop. The upstairs rooms are not viewable at this time.

Hallway looking toward main room at Lodi museum

This was a great visit, well worth the visit in downtown Lodi.  There is much more to see than I showed you. Stop in!


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