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.
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
Outside you will find the school bell in the display case here, and the historic Palmer Tree.
This is the main gallery near the entrance.
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.
A display of old phones and adding machine.
This a window from the mill that used to be here.
Lodi’s Creamery used to produce butter.
We now continue to the hallway, leading to the three other rooms in the house available for viewing.
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.
Also some beautiful artwork by residents or donated family heirlooms. Here is a Norwegian Trunk by Marion Lione Johnson.
And this cute lithograph with kittens, “The Five Senses”
On the left is a room with vintage clothing and hats. This feathered hat caught my eye.
Looking behind us, the hat room on right.
And forward into the rest of the room.
The view from the other side of the room.
In this room is a Bald Eagle display, it was found already deceased and then preserved.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking back toward the kitchen, the self-guided tour takes you in a loop. The upstairs rooms are not viewable at this time.
This was a great visit, well worth the visit in downtown Lodi. There is much more to see than I showed you. Stop in!