East Troy Electric Railroad

The East Troy Electric Railroad operates on the last 7.5 miles of original, operational interurban railroad track in Wisconsin. Many of the former tracks and now bike trail rights-of-way, or simply obliterated with time. Not East Troy RR: they provide rides, dinners, and more on the original interurban route between East Troy and Mukwonago –…

World's Largest Muskie in Hayward, along US Highway 63

National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame

Hayward is a major center for fishing, lumbering, and cross-country skiing. It’s only fitting that this town hosts the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. It’s Hayward’s largest attraction (100,000 visitors per year) and the “international headquarters for education, recognition, and promotion of freshwater sport fishing” (their words from their website.) This Hall of Fame…

Angel Museum

The World’s Largest Collection of Angels can be found along U.S. 51/Pleasant Street in downtown Beloit. Collector Joyce Berg, who tends to wear an angel costume when she shows visitors around, amassed this collection over the years: over 6,000 of them… and counting. Angels aren’t all porcelain figurines, by the way; some are made out…

Langlade County Historic Museum & Railroad Park

The Langlade County Historic Museum is housed in an original Carnegie Library, constructed with a grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1905. It served as the public library for Antigo until 1997 and now features historic items from around Langlade County. The Deleglise Cabin on the grounds showcases the typical early structures of northern Wisconsin, many…

Webster House Museum

In Elkhorn, Walworth’s County Seat, you’ll find the home of composer Joseph Philbrick Webster, who songs were popular through the Civil War and beyond. The well-maintained Greek Revival-style cottage was constructed in 1836 and was originally located in Elkhorn’s public square (today’s Courthouse Square) and served as the federal land grant office, which sold land…

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

An impressive art museum in the heart of Wausau – which itself is in the heart of Wisconsin – the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum covers four acres and is housed in a beautiful 1931 Tudor mansion. Their “Birds In Art” exhibition is world-class, filled with contemporary artistic representations of all kinds of birds, from…

Lynden Sculpture Garden

In 1962, Peg Bradley (a matriarch of the Allen-Bradley Corporation, now part of Rockwell International) began collecting contemporary sculptures and installed them on the grounds of the 40-acre property and she and her husband Harry owned. They purchased the home and property in 1927 and transformed the grounds into an English country garden, complete with…

Sheboygan and City Green: the State Trunk Tour Podcast

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) offers a variety of concepts and directions in contemporary art with particular consideration of craft-related forms, installation works, photography, new genres, ongoing cultural traditions, and the work of self-taught artists.  They have an impressive collection of permanent exhibits and a dynamic series of rotating ones.  Their ARTspace gallery…

Hearthstone Historic House Museum

Hearthstone is the first house in the world to have electric lights powered by a centrally located hydroelectric station that used the Edison system. It began operation on September 30, 1882 with a generator situated in the beater room of the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company. The three buildings that were lighted on that historic…

Heritage Hill State Historic Park

As its name implies, Heritage Hill State Historic Park is a 48-acre outdoor museum filled with historic structures adorning a lovely hill that offers views of the Fox River, Lambeau Field, and even towards downtown Green Bay (more so when the leaves aren’t on the trees.)  Over 30 historic structures from fur trade-era log cabins…