The Verona Area Historical Society
Verona, Wisconsin
"Celebrating the story of Hometown U.S.A."

Check out our ongoing cemetery restoration project: Bringing Their Stones Home

UPDATE 10/12/19:  We are postponing today's cemetery dig day until next Spring.  It will be too cold and windy this morning.  Please check back in Spring, thank you!

Next VAHS Events: All events are free and open to the public!

*Saturday 10/12/19, 10am:  Volunteer Day - Historic Cemetery Restoration in Verona - In the field next to Gus’s Diner in Verona.

The Verona Area Historical Society’s “Bringing Their Stones Home” project is bringing back names and identities to the nearly-forgotten asylum and poor house cemetery in Verona, next to Gus’ Diner.  From the 1880s to the 1940s, this plot of land became the final resting place for over 400 residents of the then Dane County Asylum and “Poor House”.  For unknown reasons, all headstones were removed and discarded in the 1950s.  79 of them have been recovered, and we’re putting them back where they belong, based on a historic cemetery map.

Bring work gloves and a shovel or wheelbarrow if you have one.  There will be opportunities to dig the small holes for the stones, shovel and move gravel or mulch, and generally help clean up the site.  This project is entirely volunteer-driven, and we could really use your help! 

*Saturday 11/9/19, 10am:  Group Discussion:  Planning a Verona history center.  At the Verona Senior Center.

Over the years, we've dove deep into many Verona history topics. These have ranged from our early settlers, lost rural schools, the history of our churches and businesses, our original Native America residents, and even a leper colony.  We have gathered photos, stories, interviews, and a handful of artifacts along the way.  While Verona has a rich history, one thing it doesn't have is a place dedicated to showing it off!

In September our officers and members began seriously investigating and planning what it would take to rennovate a small historic downtown Verona home into a history center.  We've enlisted the help of several contractors, an architect, and other local experts for guidance and advice.

We'd like to present the current status of this project to our membership and anyone else interested in the topic.  The goals of this meeting would be:
1.  Talk about the home being looked at and give a status update on the work being done to evaluate its potential.
2.  Hear feedback on what functions a Verona history center should serve.
3.  Get ideas for fundraising strategies, and volunteers to help with that effort.

We would love to hear your ideas on what a Verona history center might look like!

About the Verona Area Historical Society:

President - Jesse Charles
Vice President - Art Cresson
Secretary - Ruth Jensen
Treasurer - Lisa Olmsted

Contact Us:

By Mail:
    Verona Area Historical Society
    c/o Jesse Charles
    1234 Cathedral Point Drive
    Verona, WI