Coming Events

Please see our Calendar of Events
for more information.

October 29
Deadline for Christmas Candy Sculpture Contest entries

November thru December 3
Christmas Candy Sculpture Contest entries on display and society-member-made Christmas Candy Sculpture Raffle in progress

December 3
Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa Visit with Community Model Train Exhibit

December 4 thru April 2017
Museums closed for the season

Past 2016 Events

Student Art Show • April 30
This year's  Annual Student Art Show featured artwork from grades K-12.

Old Settlers' Day • July 24
This year's  Old Settlers' Day took place Sunday, July 24, at Village Park. Ike and Martha Parker were our honored couple at the oldest continuously celebrated event of its kind in Wisconsin. This was the 132nd consecutive Old Settlers' Day in Palmyra. 110 persons attended the event, which also included the 50th reunion celebration of the Palmyra High School Class of 1966.

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The Palmyra Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible and always welcome.

Palmyra Historical Society
Main & Third Streets, PO Box 265
Palmyra, WI 53156-0265
(262) 495-4245, 495-2412

Welcome to the Palmyra Historical Society.

You've made a great decision to visit us!
We're celebrating the Palmyra Historical Society
and Carlin House Museum's 40th Year with over 170 years of history!

Nestled along the west edge of the scenic Kettle Moraine Forest in southeastern Wisconsin, Palmyra is a charming community of 1,700 people that is steeped in history and tradition. From its early days, Palmyra would make a mark on Wisconsin history, as when the first Wisconsin railroad was laid through the village in 1852, a posh resort hotel and healing spa was built in 1874, and one of the state's first Old Settlers' Day celebrations was established in 1885.

Many prominent businesses would spring up in Palmyra over the years, starting with a sawmill built in 1847, water bottling companies in the late 1800s, and a prosperous and highly awarded automobile sales business in the early 1900s.

Amid a flourish of development activity in the mid-to-late 1800s, Palmyra gained notoriety for having one of the "great wonders of the world," which drew nation-wide attention from journalists and celebrity figures alike. The wonder still exists, and we'd love to tell you more about it and all the other special things about Palmyra and the surrounding area.

And so we invite you to view more of our website and then stop in and visit us at the Carlin House and Turner Museum, located at 112 N. Third St., Palmyra, Wisconsin (about 50 miles southeast of Madison and 45 miles southwest of Milwaukee), Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm (first weekend in May thru the first weekend of December).

With so much to boast about, it's easy to see why Palmyra is called the "Heartbeat of the Kettle Moraine."                                                                         

A Few Photos from Old Settlers' Day
July 24, 2016

Martha and Jerry Parker             Jean Jones and Helen Dunshee  

Ike Parker and Leo Manogue     Members of the Class of 1966

Turner Museum Exhibits

Featured Exhibits:

  • Palmyra Answers the Call in World War II
  • Ancient Palmyra (in Syria)
  • Palmyra's Deep Rock Spring and Its Restoration

Permanent Exhibit:

  • Palmyra, Then and Now

Visit theTurner Museum Exhibits tab for more details.

Featured Publication

Now on sale at the Turner Museum is Terry Tutton's 31-page, densely illustrated book about the Palmyra Springs Sanitarium and the area's mineral springs. Learn about Palmyra's early beginnings and what unusual events put our small town on the map.