A Very Victorian Christmas in December


The Larson House Museum is open in December.

The Larson House Musem at 6003 Exchange Street, McFarland WI will be decorated for Christmas and open to the public for Christmas in the Village from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, December 3, and also on Sunday afternoons December 4, 11 and 18 from 1 to 4 pm.  Admission is free and donations are always appreciated.  Come see the house in its Victorian seasonal finery!  More info below -


On December 3rd,  live music will be played on the 1906 studio grand piano, Christmas carols will be sung, the “Night Before Christmas,” will be read, homemade treats will be offered, and tours of the restored Queen Anne Victorian home will be given.  Gift baskets of specially prepared teas and accessories, and a local artist’s seasonally decorated gourds will be on display and for sale.  Visitors may participate in a drawing for a lovely gift basket. The event is free and donations are always welcomed.  The Larson House Museum will also be open December 4, 11 and 18 from 1 to 4 PM with tours, Christmas treats and readings for children at 3 PM.


Thanks to everyone who helped with and attended the Chocolate Fest.

This event has really gained in popularity.  We ran out of champagne and nearly ran out of chocolate!  But a great time was had by all.  Thanks to our many bakers, our featured baker, our musicians, the businesses and individuals who made donations for the silent auction, the high school ambassadors, the gentlemen who poured beverages, the ladies on the Chocolate Fest Committee, the Curling Club members and the many people who attended to support the Larson House Museum.  Well done! 




FLOAT the BOAT project

New Addition for the Museum on Main Street

The board of directors had a ground breaking ceremony as work will soon begin to add 17 feet to the back of the museum for a records and meeting room and a large display area.  An ancient row boat with both ends pointed will be restored and displayed. A new records center will allow for a more presentable and inviting front lobby for visitors.  John Wendling has come forward to name the boat after his beloved wife, Ruth Larson Wendling who passed away in 2009.  Board member Corrine Niedenthal has come forward to name the records room and made another large donation.  The total cost of the project is about $40,000.  We invite you get involved by donating at the platinum ($2000), gold ($1000), silver ($500), or bronze level ($200).  Your name, photo and bio* would be placed on a plaque in the display room.  Or, be in the "Float the Boat" book for $25.  You could also volunteer to help restore the boat.  Contact Dale Marsden - 608-838-3992.  

*Platinum has up to 300 word bio about the donor, 200 for gold, 100 for silver, just the name and photo for bronze.

Here is a photo of this type of boat rented out by John and Obed Larson at Larson's Beach Resort many years ago:

Here are the plans for the new addition:



New Exhibit in the Museum


Board members Dale Marsden, Dick Kohl, Don Peterson, Bob Kolek and Wes Licht planned and constructed a new 1920's kitchen in the Museum on Main Street.  New wall board and "wainscot" half way up the walls make the room so much nicer and more realistic.  The kitchen features a Hoosier cabinet and an oak ice box plus many interesting details appropriate for this era.



McFarland Historical Society 
The McFarland Historical Society offers a well-developed Museum, Norwegian log cabin, and an annex featuring early farming displays located at 5814 Main Street in McFarland, and the Larson House Museum is a short walk away at 6003 Exchange Street.  The facilities are open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 PM from Memorial Day to mid September.  Group tours can be arranged by appointment with Dale Marsden at 608-838-3992 for the Museum, log cabin and annex, and with Jane Licht at 608-838-8178 for the Larson House Museum.  The Society offers publications on various aspects of local history, special educational events, and lively annual meetings in March.
Thanks to Steve Cheramy for these video clips of McFarland events from the 1960's.
There is also a wedding video from 1952.