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The Vernon County Historical Society operates four historical sites:

The Vernon County Museum
Old St. Mary's Church Museum
The Foreaker One Room Schoolhouse
The historic Sherry-Butt House


Our summer schedule is Monday through Friday, noon to 4PM,
Saturday 10AM to 2PM.
These hours are for the months of June, July and August.


View A Walk Among the Ancestors

This year the Vernon County Historical Society teamed up with the Viroqua Community Theatre to present “Hidden Stories of Viroqua’s Diversity”. Stories told by Viroqua residents of 100+ years ago.
The annual cemetery walk was held on June 13, 2021.


Support Vernon County History
Annual Fund 2021


Read about Local History Topics:

Wisconsin's largest rural African American settlement - Cheyenne Valley
Logging on the Kickapoo and the story of the "The Fatal Oak"


Learn more about Cheyenne Valley in these videos by the Enduring Families Project:
The Shivers Family had a big influence in Cheyenne Valley, including building round barns.

Early settlers Ashley and Ellen Shivers

"African American Heritage in Vernon County"

Produced by McIntosh Memorial Library in partnership with the Vernon County Historical Society, Mr. Micah Robinson, and Vernon Communications Cooperative.


Round barn books are now back in stock


Vernon County Museum Hours:

June-August: Monday thru Friday 12-4 PM, and Saturday 10-2PM
September-October: Monday thru Friday 12-4 PM
November-March: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12-4 PM
April-May: Monday thru Friday 12-4 PM
Or by appointment.