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 of which were built along early military trails. This cabin, originally built in 1878, housed the Deleglise family and later church services and a printing office for a local newspaper, the New County Republican. Inside the cabin you can check out original items such as a chest of drawers from the 1850s and an altar from the 1870s.
Also on the ground is Railroad Park, with a restored Union Pacific 440 steam locomotive originally constructed in 1900. She worked through Kansas and Nebraska before being retired in 1955; the locomotive was on display in Lincoln, Nebraska and then at the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in North Freedom, Wisconsin, before being moved here to Antigo in 2005. Some restorations to the train and a roof for it were completed in 2007.
You’ll find the Langlade County Historic Museum right along U.S. 45/Highways 47 and 52 (they’re all combined on this stretch) in Antigo, just south of the downtown crossroads. Highway 64 is just to the north.
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 occasion were the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company owned by John Van Nortwick and run by Henry J. Rogers who owned the home on the bluff above, now known as Hearthstone, and Kimberly & Clark’s Vulcan Paper Mill located nearby. There was one other generator in the nation at the time, in New York City. It powered several business, but no homes – giving Hearthstone its distinctive title.
A tour of Hearthstone includes the Hands-On Hydro Adventure Center, with plenty of interactive activities for kids and grown-ups. And of course, old mansions are cool. Evening tours are available during Haunted Hearthstone and Victorian Christmas or by appointment.
Hearthstone is closed Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
General Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for Seniors or AAA members, $5 for kids 5-17, free for kids under 5.
Thursday — Friday: First tour begins at 10 am
Saturday: First tour begins at 11 am
Sunday: First tour begins at 1 pm
Tours are conducted every half hour with the last tour of the day beginning at 3:30 pm
You’ll find Hearthstone right along the Fox River near downtown Appleton along Highway 47. Highway 125 (College Avenue) and Highway 96 (Wisconsin Avenue) are just to the north; U.S. 10 and Highway 441 are just to the south and I-41 wraps around the west and north sides of the city. Plenty of ways to get there!
625 W. Prospect Avenue
(920) 730-8204 Website
Rhinelander Brewing has a long history in the North Woods. Founded in 1882, the Rhinelander brand became well-known for its 7-ounce “shorty”, the stubby bottle that some other brands have imitated. A many local brewers did in the 1960s, the original Rhinelander Brewery facility shut its doors in 1967. The Joseph Huber Brewing Company bought the rights and kept them until Jyoti Auluck purchased the brand back in 2009 and brought back the original malty recipe to their flagship and signature beer: Rhinelander Export Lager. More places around the state are carrying the shorty bottles, and in Rhinelander, it’s even available on tap.
Rhinelander is working to build a brewery back in its hometown; for the time being Rhinelander Export Lager and Rhinelander Light are brewed by Minhas Brewing in Monroe. They’re also adding craft brews, including Chocolate Bunny, Imperial Jack IPA, Mystical Jack Ale, and Thumper IPA – yes, all rabbit-themed.
Their offices are in Rhinelander on Brown Street but there is no brewery back yet. You’ll find their beers in pretty much every bar in town, though!
59 S. Brown Street
Rhinelander, WI 54501
(715) 550-2337 Website