Hoard Historical Museum


The Hoard Historical Museum covers Fort Atkinson’s colorful history, starting with its namesake William Dempster Hoard, the “father of American dairying.” The museum also offers a good look at the likes of noted Sauk warrior Black Hawk and the “Black Hawk War” of 1832, the experiences of a young Abraham Lincoln as he rode into and through the area, and poet and Fort native Lorine Niedecker. Other historic artifacts, current and historic artwork, and an exhibit on area Native American mounds round out the museum’s top offerings.

The Hoard Historical Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30am-4:30pm. Admission is free, although donations are welcome ($5/person or $10/family is suggested – and a good idea.) The National Dairy Shrine Museum is adjacent; the two share a Visitor Center.

You’ll find both along U.S. 12/Highway 89 just south of downtown Fort Atkinson. It’s just east of Business Highway 26 and about half a mile south of Highway 106.

Address:
401 Whitewater Avenue
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
(920) 563-7769
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Indian Mounds Park, Whitewater


Also known as the Whitewater Effigy Mounds Preserve, Indian Mounds Park covers 22-acres and preserves a prehistoric, Native American ceremonial and burial site dating back to between 200 and 1000 A.D. You’ll find a collection of animal and geometric mounds, and along the east bank of an old river bed, a former community area that once held 30 circular huts where early mound builders lived. The dozen or so effigy mounds at the site are what survive, and they continue to serve as a setting for Native American ceremonial pow-wows.

Indian Mounds Park is open daily and admission is free. You’ll find it on the west side of Whitewater, between Historic/”Business” U.S. 12 through town and the U.S. 12 Bypass. Highways 59 and 89 are also close.