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



Farmhouse tour handout:  Here is a link to the handout from the farmhouse tour.

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

*Saturday 5/18/19, 10am:  Volunteer Work Day - Davidson House yard cleanup.  At the Davidson House at the end of Oak Grove Road in Verona.
Verona's historic Davidson House has sat on the banks of the Sugar River for over 150 years.  The home is believe to have been built by early Verona settler Patrick Davidson around the 1850s.  Mr. Davidson brought Verona its first horse drawn threshing machine, as well as a love for performing Scottish music with neighboring farmers at early com
munity gatherings.  The house and surrounding property was acquired by Dane County Parks in 2018, and the Verona Area Historical Society is a partner in helping take care of this unique house, it being one of the last of its kind in Verona.

Please join us on 5/18 at 10am to help cut back weeds, rake leaves, and do other general yard maintenance tasks.  Please bring work gloves and any general yard work / gardening tools you have handy.  Long sleeves and pants are recommended, along with outdoor shoes.  If you don't feel like getting dirty, feel free to drop by just to see the house up close and ask questions.
Parking is available on site.  The house is located at the end of a long driveway officially known on some maps as "Oak Grove Road", which comes off of highway 69 heading South out of Verona.  This road is immediately south of Riverside drive and north of Locust Drive, on the west side of highway 69.


Map Credit:  Google Maps (2019).

*Saturday 6/15/19, 10am:  Remembering the 2014 Tornado.  At Country View Elementary School, 710 Lone Pine Way.

Our June meeting will reflect on the five year anniversary of the tornado of June 17, 2014.  History is happening every day, and that morning created one of those "remember where you were when" moments for those living on the northwest side of Verona.  Shortly after midnight, an EF-3 level twister touched down on Epic's Farm Campus and skipped north before heading east through the Cross County Road neighborhoods, ending at Country View elementary school.

Our guest will be Verona Schools Superintendent Dean Gorrell.  Dean toured the school that morning and will show his "morning of" video walk through of the destruction of several classrooms - and discuss the remarkable effort to rebuild and be open in time for fall classes a few short months later!  He will then take us on a tour of the rebuilt classrooms.

We also invite any members of the community who experienced the storm to come and share their memories or photographs of the event, the community's response, and the months or years of rebuilding that followed.  If you have photographs or short written memories you'd like to have included in our archives (to show at the event, or just to save for future generations), please send them to SaveVeronaHistory@gmail.com.  Thank you!


*Saturday 7/13/19, 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.  70 of them have 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.  Thank you!




About the Verona Area Historical Society:

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




Contact Us:

Email:
    SaveVeronaHistory@gmail.com
Facebook:  
    https://www.facebook.com/SaveVeronaHistory
By Mail:
    Verona Area Historical Society
    c/o Jesse Charles
    1234 Cathedral Point Drive
    Verona, WI