WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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Enter a recreated village and experience the stories, tools, and rare machinery
of the farming communities that helped Wisconsin prosper.

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Man and Woman traversing Stonepoint

Explore history by the acre on the former grounds of Nelson Dewey’s estate! From 1800s machinery to a re-created rural village, experience Stonefield – the kind of agricultural community that cultivated Wisconsin’s growth. See with your own eyes the first tractors that turned the soil for our rolling hills of wheat and corn and learn why our pastures are dotted with grazing Holsteins. Relive the story of Wisconsin from the beginning on a tour of the home site of Nelson Dewey, our first governor. Make a connection with our agricultural roots with a stroll through Stonefield’s re-created rural village, visit a 1900s farmstead, and explore the largest collection of farming objects in the state at the Wisconsin State Agricultural Museum. Stonefield shares how Wisconsin became “America’s Dairyland” and much more!

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Family exploring Stonepoint's 1900s Farming Village

1900s Farming Village

Stroll down the boardwalks and stop into 30 shops and factories that offer a historic perspective of farm life in rural Wisconsin. From the Co-op Creamery and Cheese Factory to the Saloon and Newspaper Office, these products and services provide a glimpse into rural life in the early 20th century.

White house next to red barn in a field

1901 Progressive Farmstead

See how farm life changed at the turn of the 20th Century. Enjoy the comforts of a 1901 home in rural Wisconsin with the new technologies and ideas that made life for rural farmers safer and more convenient.

Boy pointing at collection inside an exhibit at the State Agricultural Museum

State Agricultural Museum

Explore Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools, models, and machinery detailing the state’s agricultural past! Learn about Wisconsin farming, large and small, featuring everything from hand held tools for wild rice harvesting and wheat planting to large farming machines and the colorful characters that helped make Wisconsin “America’s Dairyland.”

 

The first goveroner of Wisconsin's family home and farm

Governor Nelson Dewey Home Site

Discover the fascinating story of Wisconsin’s first governor, his family, and his farm. After serving as governor, Dewey, his wife Catherine, and their children, Kate and Nettie, returned to Cassville and lived in a Gothic Revival home on a 2,000-acre agricultural estate. Today guests can tour the mansion built on its footprint.

 

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Virtual and In-person Programs!

Get ready to give your young learners the best field trip memory of the year. WHS is excited to bring back our popular sensory-rich, wonder-filled, on-site Field Trips at our historic sites and museums. We are also continuing our live, interactive online programs to bring creativity, critical thinking, and empowered storytelling into your classroom!

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Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

Stonefield is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Explore all of these sites below.

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Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens

A circus cart on a lawn, bright red, yellow, and orange colors.

Circus World

An old fashioned camera is set up facing a dramatic photo backdrop

H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum

Wood building with antlers attached. A sign reads Museum

Madeline Island Museum

A group of people bail hay out of an old fashioned cart

Old World Wisconsin

Pendarvis house at dusk, orange colored brick and white trim windows and doors. A stone wall lines the house next to the road. The lamp is lit.

Pendarvis

A older white couple holding hands and walking towards the Stonefield buildings

Stonefield

The Villa Louis Manor on a sunny day, victorian architecture on elegant display

Villa Louis

People visiting the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

Wade House

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Inside the Reed School classroom, with vintage desks and a chalkboard

Reed School

The two historical buildings of Wisconsin's First Capital

First Capitol

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