Located in Theresa at the northeast corner of Dodge County, Widmer’s makes brick, cheddar, and colby cheeses that are popular around the state and much of the country. The factory in downtown Theresa dates back to 1922 and today they crank out over 360,000 pounds of cheese per year – so yeah, about 1,000 pounds per day.
Their 12,000 square foot facility includes the original cheesemaking vats, which you can see when you walk into their store. They have a great selection of their fresh and aged cheeses – right from the source.
Their facility is just off Highways 28, 67, and 175. I-41 just a few miles to the east.
214 W. Henni Street
Theresa, WI 53091
(920) 488-2503 Website
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 to Walworth County pioneers before Wisconsin’s 1848 statehood. It was also used as a temporary courthouse before a “real” one was constructed.
The Websters moved in after the house was moved to its current location at Rockwell & Washington Streets, where they added a kitchen and bedrooms while also creating a music room.
Webster’s descendants sold the house to the county in 1955; it opened a museum the following year. On August 8, 1970, the Webster House Museum was named a Wisconsin State Landmark and the official marker went in.
A tour of the museum shows off plenty of period items, including the square rosewood piano on which the composer created and played old classics like “Lorena” and “Sweet By and By.”
The Webster House Museum is just south of Elkhorn’s downtown and the junctions of Highways 11 and 67; U.S. 12 and I-43 are also nearby.
Mid-May through mid-OctoberWednesday through Saturday, 1-5pm or by appointment
9 E. Rockwell Street
Elkhorn, WI 53121
(262) 723-4248 Website
Plymouth Brewing Company is a small craft brewery producing small batches of ales in their downtown location and also a facility across the street, all on Mill Street in the heart of downtown Plymouth. Established in 2013, Plymouth Brewing is a resurrection of the original Plymouth Brewing Company, which operated in the town before the era of Prohibition. Their slogan of “Unfiltered. Unpasteurized. Unsucky.” wasn’t part of the original brewery back in the day, but it is now!
Their “unfiltered, unpasteurized, unsucky” selections change regularly in their Tap Room. It usually includes anywhere from 8-10 of their own beers and selections of others from craft breweries all across Wisconsin. Their brews vary from pale ales to porters to a unique saison with blueberry, which was our personal favorite as the blueberry balance was just right.
Their Tap Room is laid back and adorned with some very classic brewery items on the walls. They don’t serve food per se but you can enjoy popcorn and pretzels or get food ordered in from the City Club, 52 Stafford, or any of the other nearby restaurants. The Dairy Heritage & Cheese Cultural Center across the street is also a great place for a grilled cheese sandwich before or after a tasting. The awesomely-named Mullet River is also within a block.
Plymouth Brewing Company is on Mill Street, which is now County C but was once the mainline of Highway 23 right through the heart of town. You’ll find it just east of Highway 67 (and Antoinette the Cow) in downtown Plymouth, west of Highway 57 via County C and south of the Highway 23 freeway.