It’s likely that we’ve probably all been to some of Wisconsin’s more popular tourist spots like the Dells, Door County or have been “up north” at one time or another to take in the sights of Wisconsin. But how many times have we explored Wisconsin’s rich heritage through visiting our historic sites?
Here are some of Travel Wisconsin’s top 25 historic sites in Wisconsin. Take a look and see how many you’ve visited – or which ones you’d like to.
1. Azatlan State Park Archeaological site.
Wisconsin has a rich Native American heritage, for those of you unfamiliar with the area. Many of our difficult to pronounce city and town names are of Native American origin. This site was a major Native American village, then abandoned before Columbus landed in America. More here.
2. Circus World Museum, Baraboo.
This museum holds the largest collection of Circus Wagons in the world and still has circus shows running. More here.
3. Fort Crawford Military Hospital, Prairie du Chien.
Formerly known as the Museum of Medical progress, this hospital opened in 1831. The museum takes a look at medicine and medical instruments through the years. Here’s more about the many historic places in and near Prairie du Chien
4. H.H. Bennett Studio and History Center.
A bit of history in downtown Wisconsin Dells offers a look into the life, the equipment, the studio and the many incredible photographs taken by photographer H.H. Bennett – the man who made Wisconsin Dells famous. It is a wonderful place to get a feel for the Dells before it became the waterpark capital of the world. More here.
5. Laura Ingalls Wilder cabin, Pepin.
The “Little House on the Prairie” author was born here and her tales of childhood in the big woods and as a pioneer on the prairie remain classics today. More here.
6. Old World Wisconsin, Eagle.
This recreation of a working pioneer community consists of 60 historic structures and is the largest historic site of its kind. Take a trip back in time with a visit to Old World Wisconsin.
7. Pendarvis, Mineral Point.
Mineral Point was a mining town in the 1830’s and is fun to explore for a day or two, with many local artists in addition to the state historic site of Pendarvis. Pendarvis depicts life as it was for Cornish Immigrants who came to Mineral Point to mine for lead.
8. Taliesin, Spring Green Wisconsin.
Visit the home of one of the most famous architects of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright, designer of the Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater. Taliesin, his personal residence, is a sprawling house set in the rolling hills of Spring Green – even a drive by and a stop at the visitor center is worth it. The website says tours begin May 1.
Whether you live in Wisconsin, are thinking about moving here, or just visiting, Wisconsin offers much to see and do and a great quality of life.
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