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Historical mansions, museums, and more.

Ager House

Presented by the Waldemar Ager Association, the Ager House is the historic home to Norwegian-American writer Waldemar Ager, restored to its early-1900's likeness. Part of the National Register of Historic Places a Literary Landmark by the…

514 W. Madison St.
Eau Claire

 agerhouse.org
 (715) 835-8718

Caddie Woodlawn Historical Park

The house in which Caroline Woodhouse lived has been moved to the park from a nearby farm. Her granddaughter, Carol Ryrie Brink, based the 1935 Newbery Award-winning children's book Caddie Woodlawn on her life.

9 miles S. of Menomonie on Hwy 25
Menomonie

 dunnhistory.org
 (715) 232-8685

Chippewa Area History Center

The Chippewa County Area History Center and Museum building was formerly the Notre Dame Convent, built in 1883. Your tour will take you through the history of the Chippewa Valley and includes exhibits on furniture, photos, lumber-period toys,…

123 Allen St.
Chippewa Falls

Chippewa County Genealogical Society

The mission of the Chippewa County Genealogical Society is to provide education and assistance to those who are tracing their family roots; to collect and maintain genealogical and historical materials; and to provide access to all materials…

123 Allen St.
Chippewa Falls

 ccgswi.wixsite.com
 (715) 723-4399

Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology

The museum was an idea that sprang from local citizens who wanted to record and preserve the history of important, unique and ground breaking innovations in industry and technology that were developed right here in the Chippewa Valley. It…

21 E. Grand Ave.
Chippewa Falls

 cfmit.org
 (715) 720-9206

Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center

Exhibits and videos explain the glacial history of the region. Live and stuffed native animals are also on display. Visitors can also hold a snake, pet a turtle, dig for fossils, or snowshoe. Part of the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age State…

13394 County Hwy M
New Auburn

 dnr.wi.gov
 (715) 967-2800

Chippewa Valley Museum

Have an adventure in history for all ages throughout exhibits showcasing American Indian history, European settlement, industry, farm life, and health and recreation. Grab a treat at the vintage ice cream parlor year round, or visit the…

1204 E. Half Moon Dr.
Eau Claire

 cvmuseum.com
 (715) 834-7871

Colfax Railroad Museum

The depot houses the large collection of lanterns, railroad china, and the nation's largest railroad paper-weight collection. The primary purpose of these artifacts is to show what people encountered on day-to-day activities with the…

500 E. Railroad Ave.
Colfax

 colfaxrrmuseum.org
 (715) 962-2076

Cook-Rutledge Mansion

The Cook-Rutledge Mansion, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the finest examples of High Victorian-Italianate architecture in the Midwest. Extraordinary hand-painted ceilings and walls, ornately carved woodwork,…

505 W. Grand Ave.
Chippewa Falls

 CookRutledgeMansion.com
 (715) 723-7181

Dells Mill and Museum

The five-story Dells Mill was built in 1864 as a grist mill. Wisconsin had been a state for just 16 years and Augusta was a town for eight years. The area was barely settled and Augusta was just a pioneer community; there were no automobiles…

E18855 County Road V
Augusta

 dellsmill.com
 (715) 286-2714