Sheboygan Journals

The Wisconsin Series: Road Trips from Milwaukee #1

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A September 2013 trip to Sheboygan by MilwVon

Port Washington Historical Society: Light Station Photo, Port Washington, Wisconsin More Photos
Quote: This road trip originated in Milwaukee and was about 110 miles round trip. It included some interesting sights along the way. For my day trip, it was a gorgeous fall afternoon; sunny, breezy and temps in the low 60's.

Friday Afternoon Road Trip

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Sheboygan Breakwater Light Photo, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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I had originally planned for a much longer road trip for this day, but I didn't wake up early enough to get in a 500 mile round tripper, so I spent some time trying to figure out what was close by from "my list" of places to visit before winter gets here.After some online research and a few phone calls, I opted for a short 125 loop trip from Milwaukee to Sheboygan and back. It's surprising how many places here in Wisconsin start winding down after Labor Day, with total closures in October.A couple of known stops on my list were the lighthouses along Lake Michigan. While the Sheboygan Breakwater Light is not in the US Lighthouse Society passport program, I still wanted to chec...Read More

St. Nicholas Church & Cemetery

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St Nicholas Catholic Church (c 1911) Photo,
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Sometimes when you are driving along the back roads of America, you just don't know what you may stumble upon. With the advent of GPS navigational devices, it makes taking an off the beaten path detour a little less adventurous since you know you can't get "too" lost. Since buying our Garmin (affectionately called "Toots") I have enjoyed getting out and exploring around Wisconsin. On this particular afternoon, I was planning to get to Sheboygan in time for a scheduled 1pm tour at their historical society. Fortunate for me, I was the only one as I got sidetracked by this lovely old catholic church in the rural community of Dacada.Travel east on County Hwy K, I eyed the beautiful yellow ...Read More

Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum

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Attraction | "A Treasure Trove of History"

Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum Photo, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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As I planned for my day trip to Sheboygan, I researched what points of interest were available in the lakefront community located just an hour north of Milwaukee. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they had a very established historical society museum.The museum is self guided and located on the lower, subterranean level of the administrative office building located at Taylor Park. After paying the $4 admission fee and signing in, I was taken downstairs and given a brief overview of the exhibit layout. In the foyer area was their special exhibit on beverages. There were displays featuring the production and distribution of milk, soda, beer and liquor.Sheboygan Count...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Sheboygan County Historical Society Museum
3110 Erie Avenue
Sheboygan, wisconsin
920-458-1103

Historic Buildings That Tell A Story

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Taylor House Photo, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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On the grounds of the Sheboygan County Historical Society campus there are four buildings available to tour. Your $4 museum admission fee includes a docent led tour of each of these buildings which tell stories of life in 19th century Sheboygan County. On the day of my visit, I was the only one looking to tour these buildings so I was treated to a personal one-on-one experience with Dale . . . my guide for the 45 minute stroll around the grounds.Our first stop was the Taylor House. Built in the 1852 by David Taylor, an attorney who moved to Sheboygan from New York. Taylor and his family resided in this home, which is original to the property, for many years. As his legal career flouri...Read More

Port Washington Historical Society: Light Station

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Attraction | "An Original 1860's Light Station"

Port Washington Historical Society: Light Station Photo, Port Washington, Wisconsin
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On my return back to Milwaukee I planned to stop in at the Port Washington Light Station that sits atop the St. Mary's Hill in Port Washington facing Lake Michigan.The original lighthouse was built on this same site in 1849 and included the lightkeeper's quarters. Unfortunately that first lighthouse was built with substandard materials and began to crumble away several years later. The lighthouse that stands today, has been part of the Port Washington shoreline since 1860 high above the port itself on the natural shoreline cliffs.As I drove along the one-way neighborhood street that leads to the light station, the first thing I noticed was that the building was built with wha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Port Washington Historical Society: Light Station
311 Johnson Street
Port Washington $zip
(262) 284-7240

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MilwVon

MilwVon
Milwaukee, Wisconsin