To Preserve and Share Farmington’s Heritage





The Farmington City Council has established the Farmington Historical Society and Museum as its Historical Preservation Commission.  The Society’s mission is to provide the Council advice and guidance on historic and preservation issues, and to acquire and preserve historic memorabilia regarding the City of Farmington, its environs and its citizens.  

The Masons, The City of Farmington,  The Bank of Farmington and the Museum Board have jointly enabled us to lease  our new Museum site at 144 East Fort Street, for use as a Farmington museum.


Membership  Levels

 Annual Dues *

Corporate                             $100

Non-Profit                            $ 50

Individuals                           $ 25

Family                                 $ 40


*Life memberships subscribed before 1/1/2015 will be honored for the life of the individual








Annual memberships begin the month donated for twelve months.  An annual membership  entitles you to a quarterly newsletter, a 10% discount on all publications or merchandise the society may sell from time to time, and the enduring thanks of your fellow Farmingtonians for your help in preserving our history. 

Matching Gifts

Corporations encourage their employees, retirees, and directors to join them in the financial support of charitable and cultural institutions. Matching gifts multiply the value of your contribution and are potentially important sources of funding for the Museum.

The Farmington Historical Society has received IRS approval as a 501 (c) (3) organization and can now accept matching gifts. Additionally you may take your donations to the Museum as a charitable contribution on your income taxes.

Other Fine Web Sites

If you enjoyed the pictures in the header, we have posted many more on the Museum's Face Book Page Farmington Museum on Face book

You do not have to be a member of face book to view the pictures.  But if you have a face book page, you can indicate you "like" the page, and any changes we make to the site will be posted on your wall.

The Farmington Museum is dedicated to the history of Farmington and Farmington Township.  For additional history and pictures of Fulton County, please visit these two fine web sites:

Fulton County Historical and Genealogical Society

Illinois Ancestors Presents Fulton County

For additional information on Farmington, we recommend the web sites for the Farmington Central Schools, who are hosting our museum web site, and the Farmington Area Public Library, who also offered to host our site:

Farmington Central Schools

Farmington Area Public Library

Picture Identification

There have been dozens of requests for identification of the individuals in the header pictures.  Click here for the answers, the best we know them

FCHS Class of 1960

held its

55th Reunion

 Friday and Saturday

September 25th and 26th, 2015

Click here for the Reunion schedules and news



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The Farmington Museum is  at our new location, 144 East Fort Street!!

 Admission is Free

 (But Donations are Gratefully Accepted)











Call Rosalie or Norma at the numbers below to check


To schedule your visit or arrange a group visit, please call Rosalie Williams: 245-2258 or 224-2258 (cell)


 Norma Seaman at 245-9037

. Or E-Mail  The Farmington Museum


The Museum Newsletter for the January-June 2013 has been published.  You can pick up a copy at the Museum, or Click Here


Miss one of the back issues of the Museum Newsletter?  Click here to download older issues!


Any questions about the Farmington Museum or this web site?  Please contact Bill Wilson at: The Farmington Museum


Memberships and Donations

Cash Donations and Annual Memberships are the lifeblood of this and any other museum.  Museum attendance is free for the public.  And although all the labor is volunteer labor, there are still supplies to buy, gas and lights to pay, and all the other costs incurred by a small business. If you would like to help support our operation, you can buy annual memberships or make contributions at the museum, or you can mail them using one of these Membership and Contribution forms.

Microsoft Word contribution or membership form, that can be filled in on the computer (recommended)

Adobe pdf contribution or membership form  (you must print the form then fill it in)

Send any corrections or changes to Bill Wilson at

Information/pictures contained on these pages
may be printed out for personal use, but
may not be copied and posted to another website.

Copyright © Bill Wilson & the City of Farmington, Illinois
All rights reserved




Link to the Farmington Central Academic Foundation Web Site

Note: This FCAF Web Site Will open in a new window


Museum Donations


Please contact either of the following members if you would like to donate Farmington memorabilia for the museum:

Dave Giagnoni       Dave's E-mail

Bill Wilson            Bill's E-mail


Cash Donations

All donations at the following levels will include an annual family membership and any discounts on merchandise. Donors at the Benefactor or Sponsor levels will have their names engraved on a plaque in the museum unless they elect to remain anonymous.

Sustaining Donor                 $125 and above

Contributing Donor             $250 and above

Benefactor                            $500 and above

Sponsor                                 $1,000 and above



Bequests are a simple, straightforward means to create a legacy that will allow The Farmington Museum to continue as a center of Farmington heritage and tradition. You may wish to share the following suggested wording with your attorney:
"I give and bequeath the sum of $____ (or ___% of my estate) to The Farmington Museum, 16 East Fort Street, Farmington, IL,  to be used for its general purposes."


Farmington Area Veterans

The Farmington Historical Society is posting military pictures of Farmington area veterans in the Museum.

If you would like us to post your picture or those of your Farmington Area relatives, choose one of these forms:

Microsoft word form, can be filled in on the computer (recommended)

Adobe pdf form,  (you must print the form then fill it in)

The pictures can be submitted by mail using the attached form, or dropped off at the museum with the form.

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Farmington Nicknames

Farmington must be the nickname capitol of the world.  Over the years the brain trust that meets at Kersh's Service Station Office every morning (there must be a better description for us than that) has made an effort to record the nicknames.  And recently this effort has been expanded on the Museum's Face book page, with exceptional help from Pete Yancick. 

Notice:  The latest revision is dated November 7th, 2013

Click Here for your copy

Send any corrections or changes to Bill Wilson at

Is This Lady Abe Lincoln's Cousin?


Click here to help us solve this mystery