Centreville Settlement Historical Society
Lutze Housebarn
Coordinated through Centreville Settlement, Inc.
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Centerville Historians
Clay Nogging
Bake Ovens
Road Tour

Note: We are making plans for using this website primarily for our 'business' and 'historical records usage', and shifting to a new domain at www.centrevillesettlement.org for Outreach, Member Information, social media hub, calendar, and current event photos/videos.  Please watch for that implementation in the next few months.  Because of those changes some information and links in this site may become inactive.  If you're looking for things that used to be here but are now gone, check out the new site: www.centrevillesettlement.org.  Watch too for a possible new mobile app at www.m.centrevillesettlement.org !
Looking for current activities and our Calendar of Events?  Check it out here.
New tool!  Are you Volunteering or wanting to volunteer?  Are you a Board member? 
Please visit our time tracker system.
Check out all our newsletters and downloadable educational materials here.

Videos?  We have a few, including the latest on Nightlife at the Lutze Housebarn!  More on our links page.

November 2017 saw us putting the finishing touches on the final corner of the main barn foundation.  That means the entire perimeter of the main building is structurally complete and sitting on a solid foundation!!  Yes! That's why it will be time to parteeee at Fasching time!

  What is Fasching? 
  Check out a YouTube video of a part of it in the city of Rottweil, Germany (Chris took a timber framing workshop there in 2002).

 We are now on Facebook!  Become a fan and get all the latest news and discussions!  Look to our Facebook page for the latest photos and videos, weekly plans and more!


In the 1840's, many people from the Saxon state of Germany and others from surrounding European areas settled in what is known today as the Town of Centerville, Wisconsin, USA.

They were attracted to the land of rich resources and the similarity to the homeland they left behind.

This heritage remains strong in the Centerville community today, reflected by it's people, landscapes, and buildings.

Who and Where We Are

We are a non-profit tax deductible group, Centreville Settlement, Inc..  We are dedicated to the preservation of our rural farming heritage, and offer experiences in northeast Wisconsin, USA.

Over the past years, the members and friends of the organization have assisted with the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Wagon Train event, helped coordinate bake oven events, performed oral histories of oldsters throughout the area, and have continued to document and educate about historic buildings in the Centerville Township area of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Do you have a story to share about days gone by?  Would you like to dig into the past to learn more about local history?  Greater Centerville Historians is a branch of Centreville Settlement, Inc. that has become a model for oral history methods in Wisconsin. 

Our Goals and Programs

Centreville Settlement, Inc. seeks to preserve this rich heritage thru:

Preservation of buildings...  many historic and unique buildings exist in the area and are in need of preservation before they are lost forever.

Developing educational programming focused on:

  • Ethnic arts and crafts
  • Settler sufficiency skills
  • Understanding heritage and its value today
  • Restoration skills and techniques
  • Genealogy
  • Local historical research and documentation

Promoting and stimulating economic development through:

  • Bed and breakfasts
  • Cottage industries
  • Tourism sympathetic to history and preservation
  • Appropriate economic use of historic buildings
  • Promotion of local products and industry

Preserve rural history by:

  • Developing a rural historic district in which buildings can be seen in their original settings
  • Record the oral and video history of the area for future generations
  • Insuring the serenity that attracted the original settlers
  • Restoring the Lutze Housebarn and other historic German-American buildings in the area

Contact Information

920-693-8525 General Information
920-693-3141 Lutze Housebarn Restoration Director
920-693-3454 Tours Coordinator
Postal address
P.O. Box 247
Cleveland, WI 53015   USA
Electronic mail (for the following addresses please replace the (at) with an '@' symbol and you'll be all set)
President: Richard Lutze
    lutze (at) tds.net
Treasurer: Greg Zahn
    greg (at) circleunionfarm.com
General Information and Acting Secretary: 
     Kathy Pearce - kpear2002 (at) yahoo.com
Volunteer Coordinator: Open, interested?
Community Historian: Richard Otto Wiegand -
     rowiegand (at) centrevillesettlement.com
Lutze Housebarn Restoration Director:
     Chris Kuehnel - chris (at) centrevillesettlement.com
Tours Coordinator: Sarah Lutze - sdlutze (at) sasd.net
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Last major update: 03/06/2018