Franklin: Then and Now


In the rural Franklin of years past one of the places people went for social events was the Walter Heiden tavern and hall on S. 76th St. south of Ryan Rd. Built in 1924 it is known today as The Hideaway Pub & Eatery.

It was Heiden’s hall that would hold Saturday night dances, weddings, 8th grade graduations from Franklin’s one-room schools, Christmas parties, and meetings of the Wiley- Herda Legion Post 192, of which Heiden was a member. Heiden was also the first President of the Franklin Fire and Police Commission. The very first Franklin fire station was a garage to the north of his property and it housed Franklin’s first fire engine.

Heiden sold the tavern and hall in 1956 and through the years a new hall was built and several remodelings took place. The business became known as Heiden’s Wildwood Tap, then the Wildwood Inn and later Rakovich’s. For over the last ten years or more the name of the business is The Hideaway and it is known for its luncheon menu and dinner menu, its Friday night fish fry, a meeting place for several local Franklin groups and the location of the barn dance fundraisers held by the Franklin Historical Society.

Upcoming Events

Save This Date!

Saturday, Oct 4, 1 - 4 pm - Join the Franklin Historical Society for a special FREE movie event at the Franklin Public Library to celebrate the "raising of the barn." We will be showing the 1947 classic, "The Egg And I", with Claudette Colbert, Fred McMurray, and introducing "Ma and Pa Kettle". Cine dressed as a hardworking farmer or as carefree Ma and Pa Kettle to be eligible to win a door prize. Refreshments will be served. Bring the children /grandchildren to this fun, family film, "The Egg And I". Donations to the barn would be appreciated
See "ya" there!

Fall Barn Dance

Sunday, Nov. 9 1-4 pm - The FHS will be hosting its annual Fall Barn Dance at the Hideaway Pub & Eatery 9643 S. 76 St. There will be music by Vern & The Originals, raffles, games, dancing and a lot of fun. Advanced tickets at the Hideaway or by calling Luanne Burdick at 414-423-0065. All proceeds go to the FHS barn fundraising project.

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

On Saturday Dec. 13 there will be three non-denominational services held at several times: 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. at our St. Peters Chapel In Lions Legend Park. After each service cookies, snacks and beverages will be served in the Old Town Hall. Live music and song of the season will be enjoyed by all. The Whelan School and the Sheehan-Godsell Cabin will also be open for public touring.

On Saturday Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. children are invited to celebrate the Christmas season by making decorations for the school house and trimming the school tree. They will learn poetry and songs of the season. On Saturday Dec. 13 the continuation of the Whelan School Program precedes the St. Peters services.

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Chapel Weddings

Our chapel is available for weddings and other ceremonies. Couples interested in a quaint chapel wedding ceremony are welcome to rent the St. Peters Chapel for such a service. The chapel holds up to 50 guests and an organist is available if requested. For reservations, contact Marian Luckey at 414-421-6539 or luckeyjim@yahoo.com

Tours Available

We love to show our buildings to anyone interested in a tour. If your group or organization is interested in a tour please contact us to schedule.

Living Museums

Whelan School Living History Experience: Teachers are invited to sign up their elementary class for a day of learning in a rural one room school setting. Contact Barbara Pforr at Bap4@earthlink.net for more details.

Scout Outings

Tours of our grounds make great outings for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.