Centreville Settlement, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the preservation of the architectural and cultural heritage of the German-American farming community in the Centerville/Cleveland Wisconsin area.
In the 1840’s and 50’s, immigrants fled Germany to escape war and the economic hard times. Many Germans of that time from the Kingdom of Saxony (called Sachsens) settled here in Centerville Township. Many of their fifth and sixth generation children still remain on the original farms using original buildings for much of their original purpose. Centerville Township is a unique time capsule of architecture, culture and traditions of the early settlers.
Centreville Settlement, Inc. will meet its mission by:
- Providing educational programs and classes in the Old World arts and crafts, restoration of historical heritage, as well as pioneer and self sufficiency skills.
- Promotion and organization of local German-American cultural and preservation groups.
- Providing a detailed cultural and architectural survey of the local German-American ethnic community.
- Demonstration to future generations, the wise use of farm land, and preserve the quality of life and environment that brought the original settlers.
- Restoration of the Lutze Housebarn and other historic German-American buildings in the area.
We operate with a Board of Directors, and Advisory Board. Our memberships include individual, family, corporate and sponsoring categories. Members are from surrounding counties as well as from across the United States.
Volunteers have contributed more than 1,500 hours each summer working on the Lutze Housebarn project. That does not include the several hundred hours contributed to other organizational activities such as, meetings, organizing events, recording and typing oral histories, archiving artifacts, pictorial documentation of the Township’s historical buildings, producing newsletters, researching paint, wheat, bake ovens, guiding interns, etc.. Volunteers come from around the world to visit the Lutze Housebarn. Many have placed stones in the foundation, clay in the walls, or timber in the frame. All have registered in the guest book, we hope to see your name there!!