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Trimborn Farm's mission is to serve the community through the preservation and interpretation of a historic site of unique importance to Wisconsin's heritage. As part of the mission of the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Trimborn strives through a range of activities to promote a greater appreciation of that heritage and a thus better understanding of life today.
The only Milwaukee County Park devoted to a historic theme, Trimborn Farm preserves a unique example of industry and farm life predating the Civil War. It boasts nine period buildings, all original to the site, including a Greek Revival farmhouse, four early lime kilns, threshing barn, granary, and one of the largest stone barns standing in the state. German immigrant Werner Trimborn used nearby limestone quarries to produce and sell lime, a key ingredient in mortar, developing a business empire that literally built Milwaukee during its 19th century building boom. The adjacent Jeremiah Curtin House, built in 1846, is a reminder of early Irish settlement in Milwaukee County, and the boyhood home of Jeremiah Curtin, a noted linguist, ethnologist, and translator.
Special events during the May to October open season include the Folk Art Show (May), Harvest of Art and Crafts (September), and Civil War Encampment (October).
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