Special Events

Picnic at the Larson House 

Enjoy a picnic on the lawn of the Larson House on Sunday, August 11, 2019, from 1 to 4 pm.  A traditional picnic plate of potato salad, baked beans, chips, carrots, hot dogs or sandwiches and lemonade plus a dessert booth are features.  There will be lawn games, music, and appearances by the “ghosts” of John and Julia Larson who will talk about their lovely home and sing a few songs at the piano.  Fun for the whole family!

A Very Victorian Christmas

Our Very Victorian Christmas is a popular special event at the Larson House Museum at 6003 Exchange St. in McFarland WI.  Every room in the house is decorated.  As part of Christmas in the Village on the first Saturday in December, we are open from 10 am to 4 pm.  Free tours are given.  Fancy treats and hot beverages are served.  Christmas music is played on the piano from 10 am until 3 pm, a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” is given at 3 pm followed by Christmas carols around the living room tree.

Every Sunday afternoon in December from 1 to 4 pm, the house is open for free tours, treats, and a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas” for the children.  (Note – the house will not be open Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.)

Strawberry Shortcake Social

The Strawberry Shortcake Social is an annual event at the the Larson House Museum at 6003 Exchange Street held in June from 1 to 4 pm and features McFarland’s best strawberry shortcake!  The strawberries are freshly picked and the shortcake is homemade. There is also live entertainment, lawn games and free tours of the Larson House.  Beverages and hot dogs are also served with all proceeds benefitting the McFarland Historical Society.  When the social falls on Father’s Day weekend, guests are encouraged to talk about their fathers.  What great, family friendly event.

Day Trips

Tours of other historical museums and others points of interest are planned for all members and friends, usually in August.  Tours have included Old World Wisconsin near Eagle, Wisconsin, the Rotary Gardens and Tallman House at Janesville, Wisconsin, and the World Circus Museum at Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Open House at the Museum

The McFarland Historical Society will hold its annual Memorial Day Open House at the museum, 5814 Main Street, McFarland, from 10 am to 3 pm.  Many new displays will be featured in the museum, plus the Norwegian log cabin and the farming display will be open.  A bake sale, food stand with hot dogs, ice cream and beverages, and carriage rides will be offered.  There will be a plant sale at the Larson House Museum (6003 Exchange Street) from 10 am to 4 pm and that museum will also be open from 1 to 4 pm.