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

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

*Saturday 2/8/20, 10am: FIELD TRIP! The Transformation of Quivey's Grove.  A free presentation and tour at Quivey's Grove, 6261 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg.
The event is free, but if you would like to come please email or call  ahead so we have a headcount.  There is also the option to stay and buy lunch with us after, which we encourage.

Field trip!  Our February meeting will be an onsite presentation and tour of Quivey's Grove in Fitchburg.  This wonderful historic home has had many identities over its 160 years - the most recent being Quivey's Grove restaurant since 1980.  This meeting will focus on the large restoration and renovation project of that year, which balanced maintaining historic relevancy with the needs of a modern business.  Our guest is Arlan Kay, the architect who designed and guided this transformation and preservation.  You might recognize Arlan's name as the person who is helping the Verona Area Historical Society with our current museum project at the Lillesand House!

The schedule will be as follows:
  • Saturday, February 8th at 10AM
  • Meet at Quivey's Grove on 6261 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg
  • First, a presentation by Arlan on the 1980 renovation (using a real slide projector!)
  • Followed by a tour of the house and stable.
  • Optional:  Stay and buy lunch with our group and Arlan.
  • There will also be a quick vote on VaHist officers for 2020.
The following information is from the 1982 application (by Leonard T. Garfield) which lead to the Quivey's Grove farmhouse being listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Built in 1856 with sandstone from a neighboring quarry, the John Mann farmhouse (now
Quivey's Grove Restaurant) is architecturally significant both as a representative of
the Italianate domestic style adapted to a rural setting and as a fine example of native
sandstone architecture in Dane County. Graced with quiet dignity as well as substantial
construction, the house is distinguished by the warm color and careful craftsmanship of
its thick sandstone block walls, by the classical Italianate proportions and detailing
of its architectural features (including the tall windows, stone lintels, and bracketed
cornice) and by the attractive setting amid a grove of walnut trees. Converted to a
restaurant in a sensitive renovation by architect Arlan Kay of Oregon, Wisconsin, in
1980, the house retains almost complete exterior integrity and much of the original
interior including stone walls, hemlock floors, and a maple bannister and newel post.

John Mann, a native of New York State, arrived in Wisconsin in 1850 and operated a
livery service in Madison for several years before he bought this farm. Exchanging
timber on his property for sandstone from a neighbor's quarry, Mann built the house and
barn as the centerpiece for what became a 130 acre farm. John Mann's son, Edward,
eventually sold the property in 1876, after which it passed through several hands until
it was sold to J. P. Comstock in 1886. The Comstock family retained ownership until
1935, and shortly thereafter it became the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Waskow who
lived in it until its conversion to Quivey's Grove Restaurant in 1980. Today, it is
one of the finest sandstone farmhouses still in good condition in Dane County, and
its three-acre, tree-studded lot helps preserve a sense of its historic context despite
the nearby encroachments of spreading urbanization.

*COMING IN MARCH (Date to be decided): The Vroman Pioneer Family.  At the Verona Senior Center.

The Vroman family were early settlers of the Verona and Fitchburg area.  From helping build our first mill to even providing the name "Verona" (from their home town in Verona, New York), they were very active in shaping the early years of our communities.  Our guests this month will be members of the Vroman family who will help us get to know these early pioneers and the mark they left.

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