Dheinsville Settlement & Bast Bell Museum

Germantown's oldest crossroads settlement, established in 1842 by the Philipp Dhein family, still contains original half-timber (fachwerk), log, quarried limestone, brick, and Victorian wood buildings from its commercial past. The arrangement of the buildings and their construction design reflect a direct German influence of the Hunsruck area from which the pioneers came. The Historical Society's museum, resource center, and park offer insight and information on early pioneer life. Self-guided walking tour brochure available. A recently restored historic barn houses the Sila Lydia Bast Bell Museum featuring an exhibit of more than 5,000 bells from around the world collected by Ms. Bast during her lifetime.

Hours of Operation

June-Oct: Fri, Sat & Sun: 1pm-4pm.


Six-way Crossroads. Holy Hill Rd, State Road 145, Maple Rd.

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes