The SHS acquired the old 1912 Saukville Firehouse Station from the Village of Saukville on December 30, 1998 with the intention to convert it into the Crossroads Museum and home to SHS. Exterior photographs are now available in the photo album.
As part of the German Tour I, Saukville is the oldest, European-settled community in Ozaukee County. As early as 1679, French Voyageurs established trading settlements and, by 1837, immigrant settlers operated business establishments here.
In 1991, the Payne Hotel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hotel, located at the intersection of the historic Dekora Military Road and the old Green Bay Trail, was built in 1848 by the founder of Saukville, William Payne.
Saukville History Books
The historical development of the area has been researched and was published in 1993 in a book by John Boatman, professor of American Indian and Ethnic Studies at The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. The book is over 600 pages long and contains information about Saukville from the early 1600’s to the late 1960’s.
Price: US Money Order $15.00 + $10.00 Priority Shipping (book is heavy!)
In 2002, a new history book was published. This new book had been in the making for years by brothers James and John Peterson of Saukville. The book contains a pictorial history of Saukville from photos collected by the brothers and others lent to the brothers for the book.
Price: US Money Order $25.00 + $8.00 Priority Shipping
If both books are ordered at the same time, shipping is $15.00 ($40.00 + $15.00 = $55.00 total). Please contact Cindy Douglas if you’d like to arrange a in-person pickup, etc.
Saukville History Book
c/o Saukville Historical Society
PO Box 80015
Saukville, WI 53080-0015