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.



Upcoming Events



Train Fest Saturday October 16th from Noon to 3 p.m.

Members of the Franklin Historical Society have been working for sometime on a model train display in the basement of our Franklin Town Hall Museum. Recently we had a donation of a large private collection of model trains and related items that greatly enhanced our collection. A decision was made to make use of the basement of the town hall building to build the display and have a special open house for it. All of our historic buildings will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for the train fest event.
All Aboard! Now Viewing :
Vintage train display in historic Franklin Town Hall. Use the lower entrance
near smoke house – follow signs. Pull out your treasured American Flier. Lionel “O” gauge, “HO” and “N” gauge. Bring your engine and try it out on the display track.
View the 8-train layout, 1931 photos of Milwaukee Road trains, a myriad of rolling stock, plasticville buildings: HO and O gauge scale, historic rail facts you never knew.
GET NOSTALGIC! Remember, Relive, Refresh romantic memories of powerful steam and diesel transportation.
ALL ABOARD! GET YOUR Free TICKET AT THE TOWN HALL STATION! Saturday October 16th from noon to 3 p.m.

Christmas Nativity Walk

On Saturday December 5th the Franklin Historical Society along with Morning Star Productions hosted a special Christmas program. Biblical Christmas characters were stationed on the pathways of our historical buildings doing their performances.





The sun shines brilliantly over the newly painted Franklin Barn Museum in Franklin’s Lions Legend Park in the Franklin Historical Society’s historic village. The color is called barn red and is trimmed with a classic white paint.



Saturday August 15 the Franklin Historical Society opened our historic buildings to the general public for touring. It was a great success and very nice to get our buildings open again. We will do so again in about six weeks and for our Christmas program on Saturday December 5. Please like us on Facebook and be notified of future events.




Barg Collection



The “Women Right to Vote” program will be rescheduled later in the year and all FHS programs and open houses dates will be updated on this website when known.




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.