The Froelich Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1986, has set a goal of preserving the heritage of the Froelich, Iowa, village. It was once a thriving community that boasted of a depot, sawmill, blacksmith shop, a creamery, a post office (still in the general store), a hatchery, stockyards, ice house, barber shop, shipping warehouse and church.

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Froelich Foundation to Partner with Endow Iowa

The board of directors of the Froelich Foundation has voted to partner with Endow Iowa to set up a permanent endowment program for Froelich. The Foundation will be working closely with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, which covers Clayton County. Through this program, friends of Froelich can leave bequests that will grow annually, with 5% distributed to the Froelich operating budget each year. This program is designed to create permanent, long-term financial strength for Froelich as well as help keep donor funds working inside Iowa to help non-profit organizations, museums and charities. The Froelich Foundation will provide more details on this program later this year that explain how a Froelich Endowment can be established as well as the tax benefits to donors.

Annual Member Dues

Just a reminder, that if you haven’t sent in your annual membership dues ($20 for individuals) now is a great time. Many annual members stop by at  Fall-der-All to pay at that time. Also, lifetime membership is $200, and annual members often convert to a lifetime membership. If you know someone who may be interested in joining the Froelich Foundation, please let us know. Thanks.


Froelich Foundation Annual Meeting
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 1:30pm

All Members are invited to attend
at Luana Savings Bank
100 Harvest Drive, Luana, IA
New Board of Directors will be elected
along with the election of Officers
~ New members are welcome to join ~
Contact person Denise #563-880-1525


Froelich 1890s Village Museum
Open for tours May 11, 2019 at 10am
We welcome you to come for guided tours daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See hours on the right.

Tour Froelich's 1890 Village Museum

"Home to John Froelich's invention of the first gasoline tractor to propel itself forward & back in 1892"
Our guided tours include:
* 1891 General Store and Post Office
* Replicas of John Froelich's first tractor
* 1866 One Room School House: Froelich #5
* Warehouse and Blacksmith Shop
* Railroad Depot
* Jim Cowell's display of half, quarter, and eighth scale Semi's
* 1903 Vintage Barn
* History of Froelich

Come enjoy your tour of the many buildings at Froelich's 1890's Village Museum.


Froelich, Iowa, was settled in the early 1870s at the point where the narrow gauge Iowa Eastern Railroad crossed the Old Military Trail, which ran from McGregor to Fort Atkinson. As a result of the railroad many businesses sprang up. Froelich was a village filled with activity.

Each year in Froelich, Iowa, members of the Froelich Foundation and many wonderful volunteers hold various events to give people a chance to discover and remember the great contribution that John Froelich gave to America. In 1892, John Froelich made the first gas traction engine that propelled itself backward and forward.

John Froelich is listed in the Iowa Inventors Hall of Fame. He is credited with having invented many things: a washing machine, dish washer and dryer, a mechanical corn picker, and the mounting of a gasoline engine on his well drilling outfit. It is this invention that led him to modify the gasoline engine for a tractor for threshing. John Froelich also invented the first air conditioner, which went on to become the Carrier Air Conditioning Company. This is much history here in Froelich, Iowa, just waiting for you to explore it! From Memorial Day to our "Fall-der-all," you are invited to reminisce with friends and neighbors, as well as, discover the rich history here in the Froelich Village. There is always something different to see here, from the informative video presentations, narrative tour guides, reading material, to the lifelong foundation members, there is plenty of information to help you relive the rich history that survives to this day in Froelich, Iowa.


Froelich Museum
24397 Froelich Road
Froelich, Iowa

Directions: 4 miles east of Monona or 10 miles west of Prairie du Chien.


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Froelich Book for Sale

May 11 - Sept 29, 2019

Adult Admission $7.00
Kids 6-12 $1.00
5 and Under Free

Large groups please call ahead for tours

Open 5 days a week.
Store Hours:
Monday 10am-5pm
Thursday  10am-5pm
Friday  10am-5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Also open weekends:
Oct 5-6
Oct 12-13

to confirm hours.

Froelich Foundation
24397 Froelich Road
McGregor, IA  52157
PHONE: 563-536-2841

or contact
Denise Schutte


Reserve our Barn Event Center for your party!
Ideal for reunions, birthday and graduation parties, wedding receptions, and bridal showers.

  • Capacity: 150
  • Includes a dance floor
  • Call 563-880-1525 for reservations

Froelich Barn Event Center Photos




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