Carlin House, Palmyra

Carlin House and Turner Museum

The Carlin Museum, Palmyra

Palmyra’s historic Carlin House and Turner Museum showcases unique construction methods and authentic furnishings for a 19th century home. The Carlin House was built by laying courses of a kind of cement on top of one another, termed as a “grout house.”

The Fisk Carlin House is furnished with mostly 19th century antiques, some of which are original to the house and the historical integrity of the floors, wallpaper, lights, and furnishings have been well appointed. The house can be toured at your leisure, but it is best explored with the assistance of a docent, who is always available during museum hours and by appointment.

If you visit on your own, here are some of the items you might see while exploring the Fisk Carlin House:

Carlin House kitchen in Palmyra

The Carlin House dining room.

First Floor:

ENTRANCE (from the Turner Museum), a wide variety of farm and household items, two men playing a friendly game of cards.
KITCHEN, complete with stove, pump, boiler, utensils, and homemade jam being conspicuously consumed by a young child.
DINING ROOM, fine china, cabinetry, articles from the Carlin and other Palmyra families.
MUSIC ROOM, not originally for music but containing an Edison cylinder phonograph, carved wooden organ, restored coal stove from a local barbershop, many other antiques.
PARLOR (living room), original or near-original furnishings, Carlin and Turner family photos, “paper punch” embroidery, tiny mittens knitted with toothpicks, “stereoscope” for viewing photographs in 3-D.

Second Floor:

BEDROOM, rope net bed supporting a “tic” mattress, many other antiques.
CHILDRENS’ ROOM, dolls, books, cradles, family bathtub.
SMALL ROOM, opening in inside wall shows grout construction of the house.
SEWING ROOM, early sewing machines, shoes, women’s clothing on mannequins and in closets, chests, cabinets, jewelry boxes, etc.

The adjacent Turner Museum offers a variety of local art and a permanent exhibit called “Palmyra: Then and Now.” Get the latest updates on the Turner Museum here.

The Carlin House & Turner Museum are open Saturdays 10am-2pm May into October and by appointment. You can call 262-495-2412 for details.

You’ll find the Carlin House & Turner Museum in downtown Palmyra, right along Highway 59 just past the eastern terminus of Highway 106. Palmyra is in far southeastern Jefferson County along the Scuppernong River nestled next to the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine.

Carlin House & Turner Museum Address:

112 N. 3rd Street (Highway 59)
Palmyra, WI 53156
(262) 495-2412

Miller Park

Miller Park is home to the Milwaukee Brewers and the only stadium in North America with a fan-shaped convertible roof. The roof can open or close in about 10 minutes and – along with the panels in the outfield capable of blocking the lake breeze – allows the ballpark to be heated up to 30 degrees warmer than the conditions outside. After all, Wisconsin weather conditions can be suspect in April, May, and September – and hopefully it’ll be an issue for the Brewers more often in October, too.

Completed in 2001, Miller Park officially has a capacity of 41,900 for baseball although on numerous occasions, standing room-only crowds have allowed attendance to peak over 45,000. Concerts and other sporting events ranging from bowling tournaments to international soccer/futbol matches have also brought huge crowds. The stadium weighs half a million tons, 12,000 tons of which are from the roof, which spans 600 feet and covers nearly 11 acres. Inside, the roof reaches as high as 200 feet over the playing field; outside, the highest arch over the roof reaches as high as a 30-story building.

Miller Park, father and sonNatural grass flourishes under the retractable roof; large glass panels on the sides let plenty of light in and occasionally create some shadow challenges during games. One of many traditions brought over from Milwaukee County Stadium – the previous home of the Brewers – is the Klements Sausage Race, where five “sausages” compete in a foot race during the middle of the 6th inning and Brewers fans place bets on who wins: the Polish, the Brat, the Italian, the Hot Dog, or the Chorizo. It’s not uncommon for national sports reporters to note the winner of the Sausage Race when recapping Brewers games.

Plenty of kids’ activities can keep them occupied beyond the game, while a “loop” around the ballpark is a must. You can walk all the way around Miller Park on the lower level, taking in views of the field and the game from every angle.

State Trunk Tour Tidbit:
The first “no-hitter” in Miller Park history was thrown on September 14, 2008 by the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano… against the Houston Astros. The two teams were using Miller Park due to Hurricane Ike’s arrival in Houston. Miller Park also hosted a Cleveland Indians-Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim series in April, 2007 when snowstorms in Cleveland forced a relocation of their series – one of many reasons why having the roof paid off!

Miller Park offers tours of the facility on most days during baseball season when there isn’t already a home game taking place. Check here for dates and pricing.

Miller Park from the Highway 175 bridge over I-94 in Milwaukee.Miller Park is easy to spot, of course, and sits at the junction of I-94 and Highway 175 in the city of Milwaukee, about three miles west of downtown. Highway 59/National Avenue is just to the south and U.S. 18/Bluemound road is just to the north.

One Brewers Way
Milwaukee, WI 53214
(414) 902-4000