Octagon House Museum • Hudson Wisconsin

New Local Historic Publication

Local author, Kristina Boucher, gives insight on her recent publication, “Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley.”


“Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley” is a local historic publication set in the St. Croix River Valley. My book aims to explore the region’s agricultural history and further analyze why so many of our family farms are disappearing. The book features interviews from local farmers and nearly 200 vintage and modern photographs.

Below, you can check out the back cover text:

The St. Croix Valley has been a haven for farmers since the first boom in the 1850s. The St. Croix River was a mecca for early industry, and the vast Minnesota and Wisconsin prairies have provided the natural resources for the region’s farmers to grow their crops and their families. The valley was dotted with brightly painted barns, a sign of economic success. However, as time wore on, the St. Croix Valley experienced an agricultural downturn. Barns have been left abandoned. Fields have been turned into subdivisions. An era has passed, and the barns and farms that were once proud reminders of the region’s success are disappearing from the countryside. But why? “Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley” explores the history of the region, shares the photographs and stories of local farmers, and evaluates why the traditional family farm is falling by the wayside.

Writing “Lost Farms” was truly a tremendous experience. I’m grateful to everyone who helped with the publication of this book, especially the local farmers who took the time to reminisce about the good ol’ days with me. Truly, it is an honor to share their stories.

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Kristina Boucher – author

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of “Lost Farms” please follow this link: arcadiapublishing.com.

If you are interested in buying locally please visit:

Please feel free to message the Historical Society with any questions, we would be glad to help!


  1. REPLY
    Nahdean Albrecht says

    Where can I get a copy of “Lost Farms”

    • REPLY
      JackiB says

      If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of “Lost Farms” please visit: arcadiapublishing.com.

      You can also buy a copy at these are locations: Chapter 2 Books, Ellsworth Creamery, Stillwater Farm Store and the Octagon House Gift Shop.

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