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7 Gables

    The House of Seven Gables, dating from 1860, has been recognized as an outstanding example of Gothic Revival or Carpenter Gothic architecture. It was likely inspired by the pattern books authored by Victorian architectural tastemaker, Andrew Jackson Downing. It is a true "Gingerbread House" with board and batten siding, steeply pitched gables with ornamental bargeboards and drop pendants as… Read More

    Beyer Home

      This historic house was built in 1868 by Cyrus and Kitty Hart; it is believed to be one of the first brick homes in the county with the bricks being shipped to Oconto from DePere. The building passed through several owners before becoming the home of George and Fanny Beyer in 1881. Though the original structure was an Italianate-style,… Read More

      Black Point

        In 1888, the Seipp family completed the 20-room Queen Anne-style mansion on the site, which included 13 bedrooms. Unfortunately, Seipp was able to enjoy the house and gardens for only two seasons before his death in 1890. His family and four generations of descendants, however, never abandoned Conrad's dream. The original furnishings remained in the house while each generation… Read More

        Grignon House

          In 1837, Charles A. Grignon built this Greek revival style Mansion as a wedding gift for his Pennsylvanian bride, Mary Elizabeth Meade. This stately home was known as "The Mansion in the Woods" to countless travelers. Read More

          Charles Allis Art Museum

            When Charles and Sarah Allis decided to build a home that would eventually become a public museum, they turned to Alexander Eschweiler, a prominent local architect, to design it. The resulting mansion is strongly influenced by the English Tudor style. Construction began in 1909 and was completed in 1911. Read More

            Cook-Rutledge House

              The finest example of Victorian Italianate architecture in the Midwest. The Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A lavish red brick house with carved bric-a-brac, a graceful veranda with extending portcochere, and iron cresting surmounting the roof and cupola. Completely restored and filled with period correct furnishings. Read More


                Fairlawn Mansion is Superior's Victorian home that was a private residence from 1890 to 1920 and a children's Home for 42 years. Read More

                Fort Winnebago

                  Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters is a nationally-registered historic site and museum located in Portage, Wisconsin, and owned and operated by the Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution. The site features two historic buildings: the Surgeons Quarters, where the U.S. Army Surgeons of Fort Winnebago resided from 1834 to 1854, and the Garrison School, a one-room schoolhouse that served… Read More


                    Once FLW's Wisconsin home and studio. Read More

                    Galloway House and Historic Village

                      Impressive house mansion from an old pioneer era farmhouse, turned remodeled Italianate residence. It has been a Museum since 1954 and includes a Historic Village to tour. Read More

                      Gundy House

                        Upon its completion in 1868, Orchard Lawn began as an impressive eleven acre working estate situated on a hill overlooking the industrious city of Mineral Point, founded 40 years before. Built by Cornish immigrants Joseph and Sarah Gundry, it boasted gardens, an orchard, tennis lawn, outbuildings (including a barn, carriage house, woodshed/icehouse and a hothouse used to nurture seedlings… Read More

                        Hazelwood Historic House

                          Hazelwood was originally the home of the Morgan and Elizabeth Martin family who were a political and cultural force in the Green Bay and Wisconsin for almost one hundred years. It is filled with many original furnishings, family photographs, paintings and artifacts. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1964. Read More


                            Hearthstone Historic House was the first private residence anywhere in the world to be illuminated using hydroelectricity from a central Edison system. The switch was thrown on September 30, 1882 only two weeks after the first-ever Edison central station, which was powered by steam, was operational in New York City. Read More

                            Cotton House

                              A complex of furnished historical buildings is grouped in four theme areas. Historic homes included are the 1762 fur trader's cabin, 1776 Tank Cottage, 1842 Beupre Place, and a Belgian farmhouse. Read More

                              Hixon House

                                Historic Hixon House was built in 1858 by pioneer Gideon Hixon, who went on to become a wealthy lumber baron in La Crosse. He and his wife Ellen raised their five sons in this home and expanded it to the size it is today. The family had for many years retained the home in close to the same state… Read More

                                Agency House

                                  In 1832, a house was constructed at a dynamic crossroads of geography, culture, and history. It was a time of pivotal change, uncertainty, and critical decisions as decades of accumulating tensions came to a head, the consequences of which have reverberated through nearly two centuries. The house erected at the ancient travel corridor of the Fox-Wisconsin portage was the… Read More

                                  Hutchinson House

                                    The Hutchinson House, built in 1854 in Waupaca, is a well-preserved example of New-England-style architecture. The one-and-half story farmhouse was originally built on the corner of West Fulton and Franklin Streets by Chester and Susannah Hutchinson. The home was moved to South Park in 1956. The Hutchinson House is filled with vintage furniture and artifacts from the Victorian era.… Read More

                                    Lincoln-Tallman House

                                      The 26 room Italianate Tallman house was built in 1855 and had such conveniences as running water, a communication system, central heating, plumbing and gas lighting. The Stone House, built in 1842, is a more modest house. Both are furnished in period. Read More

                                      Madeline Island Museum

                                        Among the exhibits are a sailor's home. Read More

                                        Woodson History Center

                                          The first floor of the early 20th century neoclassical home is furnished in period. The second floor has changing exhibits, and the basement has a model train layout. Read More

                                          Morgan House

                                            The society is located in the former residence of John R. Morgan, founder of the Morgan Company. The Morgan House was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989 and is a house museum consistent with 1880s furnishings and fine art. Read More

                                            Octagon House

                                              Built in the 1850s when this style of architecture was the rage, the museum houses a collection of dolls and period furnishings. Read More

                                              Old World Wisconsin

                                                This 576 acre museum has over 50 preserved and furnished buildings from the 1800s. Read More

                                                Sawyer Mansion

                                                  Several galleries of the Oshkosh Public Museum are located in an English Tudor Revival residence built in 1908 for Edgar P. Sawyer, a lumber baron, banker, and businessman. William Waters, a prominent local architect, designed the home. With its gabled roof, fluted chimneys, Bedford stone carriage port, and elevator, the home was considered to be the finest in Oshkosh. Read More

                                                  Ozaukee County Historical Park

                                                    Various buildings are in the village. However their website fails to give any description. Read More

                                                    Pabst Mansion

                                                      When Captain Frederick and Maria Pabst began construction of their new family mansion in June 1890, they could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America's Gilded Age. Designed by George Bowman Ferry and Alfred Charles Clas, construction lasted for two years and was completed in July of 1892… Read More

                                                      Paine Art Center & Gardens

                                                        The museum preserves the property's historic architecture, with the mansion as the centerpiece, and many of the house's interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine. Selections from the museum's art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate. Read More




                                                          The picturesque cluster of stone buildings that make up Pendarvis Historic Site today were originally constructed by Cornish immigrants who immigrated to the area in the early 1800s. They were preserved through the efforts of life and business partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum. Read More

                                                          Pioneer Village

                                                            The museum depicts a pioneer street setting with 24 historic buildings including a farmstead and 19th century home. Read More

                                                            Rahr-West Art Museum

                                                              Housed in a Victorian mansion, the museum contains period furnishings, and displays of Indian artifacts, Chinese ivory, dolls and porcelain objects. Read More

                                                              Sheboygan Museum

                                                                The museum is housed in the 1853 Taylor Homestead. Read More

                                                                Ten Chimneys

                                                                  Unique among historic sites, Ten Chimneys offers guests a virtually barrier-free tour of an estate replete with original furnishings and overflowing with the romance of the Golden Age of Theatre. Tour guests are placed in small groups and are led through the estate by highly-trained docents who share stories that interpret not only the objects and decor of the… Read More


                                                                    Visit the charming, Swiss Alps chalet-style home of Edwin Barlow, who brought the Wilhelm Tell play to America in 1938, and discover thousands of artifacts Barlow collected during his travels abroad in the early- to mid-20th century. Read More

                                                                    Galloway House

                                                                      Gardens with a gazebo, a carriagehouse and a log cabin surround the restored 30-room Victorian Mansion. The village contains a school, a church, and many shops. Read More

                                                                      Garland Homestead

                                                                        Home of the winner of the 1921 Pulizter Prize. Read More

                                                                        The Octagon House Museum

                                                                          The Octagon House Museum, located in historic Watertown, Wisconsin was built by pioneer settler John Richards and completed in 1854. The unique 8-sided design for this grand residence was inspired by New York architect Orson Fowler, who promoted the healthy living aspects of octagonal dwellings in the 1850s. Read More

                                                                          Timm House

                                                                            Timm House Historic Site represents a time period of from 1898 - 1905. Read More

                                                                            Van Orden Mansion

                                                                              The Van Orden Mansion has served as the home of the Sauk County Historical Museum since 1939. Finished in 1904, the mansion contains over one hundred years of artifacts donated to the society. Original features include woodwork, wall coverings, light fixtures, carpets and some of the family's furniture. Read More

                                                                              Villa Louis Mansion

                                                                                Villa Louis is a 25 acre site with three major historic components. The largest concentration of historic structures is the Villa Louis mansion complex. Consisting of five buildings constructed on an elevated mound, this is what remains of the Dousman family's sprawling 19th century estate. Along the waterfront south of the mansion complex are three historic structures built between… Read More

                                                                                Villa Terrace Art Museum

                                                                                  Built in the 16th century Italian Renaissance style, the villa was designed by David Adler. Terraced gardens make their way down from the house to a formal garden at beach level. Read More

                                                                                  Wade House

                                                                                    This museum includes a stagecoach inn, a residence and a collection of over 100 carriages. Read More

                                                                                    Webster House

                                                                                      Nestled on a quiet street in the city of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, the Webster House Museum is a well maintained white clapboard house, containing Civil War and Victorian period items. The composer Joseph Philbrick Webster once owned the home. Both the structure and its famous owner played an important part of the history of Elkhorn. Read More

                                                                                      Wilson Place

                                                                                        Home of the Wilson, Stout and LaPointe families, three generations of Menomonie founding families, the Wilson Place Mansion has a history as rich and colorful as that of Menomonie and Dunn County. Built-in 1859 by Captain William Wilson, it was originally a large colonial-style house with a pillared porch. Captain Wilson, was a principal in the Knapp, Stout &… Read More