Richfield Historical Society

Richfield, WI

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Upcoming Events

Mark Your Calendar

Thresheree & Harvest Festival
September 21 & 22

Steam EngineYou won't want to miss seeing threshing and log sawing powered by steam engines --- and much more.

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2024 Events

Upcoming 2024 Monthly Programs

Learn about the Richfield Historical Park & Events Held

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RHS in Action

Apple Butter Kettle Coming to the Motz Log Cabin

Apple Butter GrantThe Richfield Historical Society was one of the recipients of funds from Washington County which were designated to enhance tourism-related activities, promote economic growth and foster community development. The funds came from the American Apple Butter KettleRescue Plan Act. The money will be used to help purchase an apple butter kettle to demonstrate how apple butter was made long ago over an open fire. This demo will take place during the Society's events outside the Motz Log Cabin which is located in the Richfield Historical Park.

Click here to read an article about open fire apple butter making.

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What a Wonderful Day at the Richfield Historical Park--Art at the Mill on June 15

Art at the MillOver 1,300 visitors browsed the booths of 96 talented exhibitors at Art on the Mill finding that special item for their home or a gift. Beer and seltzer by Belshire Brewing Co. (new this year) satisfied the thirst of attendees....Read More

Click here to view a video of Art at the Mill

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Washing clothes, Seeing the sparks from a blacksmith, Shredding corn stalks, Sifting flour, Kneading dough & more

Dinner BellThese were just a few of the many activities from long ago that 3rd graders from surrounding schools experienced on Education Days at the Richfield Historical Park...Read More

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Around the County Podcast Featuring the Richfield Historical Society

The Society's president, Pete Samson, and Vice President, Joni Crivello, participated in a podcast about the Society and the Historical Park. This podcast is part of the Around the County series sponsored by the Tower Heritage Center (Washington County Historical Society).

Click Here to listen to this interesting narrative (Episode #25).

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Weekly Highlights

Something About Richfield

In 1852, the St. Jacobi congregation was organized and a log church was built on what is the cemetery for the current church (Scenic & Hwy 167). The church door was never locked and a large key, 6-8 inches long, hung on the inside. A parsonage St. Jacobi Churchwas built across the road. A new structure was built in 1892 at a cost of $2,095. The name of the first pastor is unknown, but Rev. G. Ebling as a part-time St. Jacobi Church - Eve Laubenheimer Funeralpastor was paid $6 for his services in 1869. One photo shows the funeral of Eva Laubenheimer Klippel in 1910 with the church in the background.

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Something About the Park

RHS Horse Fly NetThe Richfield Historical Society has a horse fly net. Just what is this thing? It is a piece of gear for use on a horse to shoo away flies and keep them from annoying or biting the horse. It is also called a fly blanket, or fly coat or fly cape. The fly net is made of ropes or strips of leather tied into a net to spread across the back of a horse. It provides enough movement while a horse is working to keep horse flies from landing.

Horse Fly NetA horse fly net with a special stitch was reportedly patented by Robert Wilson. It is unknown if the fly net owned by the RHS was made by the Wilson Co. But, regardless, here is a little history of Robert Wilson. He was born October 16, 1810, at Williamsport, PA, and early in life he learned the saddler's and harness maker's trade, at which he worked in his native town and also in New York State.

Horse Fly NetIn 1850 Robert settled in Milton, PA, where he worked as a journeyman at his trade, and six years later he devised what has since been known all over the United States as the Wilson Fly Net. In 1856 he started to manufacture and sell the nets on a small scale. Their value was at once recognized and the demand increased in one year from 400 to thousands.

The leather shavings from the machines were thrown through the back windows of the factory. A great pile was always there and boys frequented the place and wrapped these shavings into spool shaped ball, which, with a tack or pin to hold its shape, was a handy missile to have in the boys’ pockets. 

It is possible you can see this net on the back of a wooden horse that lives in the log barn located on the south end of the Richfield Historical Park.

Photos: RHS horse fly net; Horses with the fly net (2)

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Past Features of RHS in Action

 

 

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