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Adams House Geneaology Family Heritage Center

The Fond du Lac Historical Society's library and repository for both historical and genealogical materials. Located on the same grounds as the Galloway House and Village.

Hours: Monday 9am - noon, Wednesdays 1-8 pm, 1st and 3rd Saturday 9am -1pm, or by appointment (920)922-0991 or (920)922-1680.

Email: adamsrc@dotnet.com
Website: http://www.fdl.com/history

 

Blakely Museum

Experience history and culture of the area. Collections and artifacts date from pre-historic to early Native American through modern times. Museum included in Galloway House & Village tour.

Hours: Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Weekends in Sept. 10-4pm.

Fees: Adults $10, Student 13-17 yrs $9, Child 5-12 $6, age 4 and under Free, Seniors 62 and over $9. 336 

Phone: (920)922-1166
Website: http://www.fdl.com/history

 

CCC Barracks Museum

Learn about the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps)workers in the 1930s. CCC was President Roosevelt's most successful "New Deal" program, designed to put young men to work during the Great Depression. Museum, flanked by a bronze lifesize CCC worker statue, included in Galloway House & Village tour.

Hours: Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Weekends in Sept. 10-4pm.

Fees: Adults $10, Student 13-17 yrs $9, Child 5-12 $6, age 4 and under Free, Seniors 62 and over $9. 

Phone: (920)922-1166
Website: http://www.fdl.com/history

 

Historic Galloway House & Village

The 30-room mansion was the "farmhouse" of the Galloway family for three generations. Purchased from Salim Newton as a simple but decorative house, the Galloways built ornate additions to turn the house into a showplace of gracious living and entertaining. The hand-carved woodwork, etched glass, and hand-stenciled ceilings are a few of the marvels of the lifestyle of a bygone era. Each building of the village is its own step-back-in-time from a country church and one-room schoolhouse to a grist mill and more. Blakely Museum and CCC Barracks Museum also on site.

Hours: Memorial Weekend through Labor Day. Weekends in Sept. 10-4pm.

Fees: Adults $10, Student 13-17 yrs $9, Child 5-12 $6, age 4 and under Free, Seniors 62 and over $9.

Phone: (920)922-1166
Website: http://www.fdl.com/history

 

Historic Octagon House & Costume Closet

This National Registered Historic Home is first and foremost a private residence. Built in 1856 by Issac Brown, with the architectural design of Orson Fowler, it holds both mystery and fascination. Constructed on an established 1814 settlement and trading post, this 12 room grout home became the wedding gift to Edwin Brown (son of Isaac) and his bride Ruth Pier, as residence until his death in the battle of Antietam, in 1862. The Octagon House features 9 secret passageways including an underground tunnel used for a safe house in the "underground railroad." Today this house is at the head of Fond du Lac's Historic District, preserving history for generations to come.

Showings may be arranged by calling 920-922-1608. Admission is charged. 

Website: http://www.octagonhousefdl.com

 

Little White School House

The Little White School House became famous one legendary night in 1854 when a group of Whigs, Free Soldiers, and Democrats held a secret meeting to try to prevent the extension of slavery into the north. The result of this meeting was the creation of the Republican Party - a unified front against slavery. Call for tour information for this historically and politically significant home.

Located on Blackburn Street between Blossom and Seward. For hours of operation, contact the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce at (920)748-6764. Group tours, both large and small, arranged by appointment

 Website: http://www.birthplaceoftherepublicanparty.org

 Website: http://www.littlewhiteschoolhouse.org

 

Silver Wheel Manor Doll Museum

See more than 3,000 dolls spanning 6 generations. Other collections include carriages, vintage china, Victorian hats, jewelry, quilts, crafts, horse saddles and trophies, and furnishings galore. New model railroad exhibit and village. Browse through more than 20,000 garments in our Costume Shop and Bridal Salon. Pet the horses in our stable. 

Hours: Reservations appreciated but not necessary. April-Sept on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 9am-noon.

Fees: Adults $10, children $5.

Phone: (920)922-1608
Website: http://www.toomanydolls.com

 

Painted Lady-Ebert Estate

This historic Queen Anne Victorian mansion, built in 1892 was designed to replicate a German Castle and has been painstakingly restored by the current residents of the home. Take a tour and see the 8 beautiful fireplaces and the lincrusta ceilings all designed by Italian artists. Special holiday events are held throughout the year. Private and group tours available year round by appointment. Admission.

199 East Division Street, Fond du Lac
Phone: (920)921-2257 or (920)922-0090

 

St. Paul's Cathedral

View an outstanding collection of German and American woodcarvings in an English Gothic setting, 19th century stained/painted glass windows, marble statuary, endolithic marble frontal, oil paintings and frieze.

Hours: Tours by appoint.
Fees: $2. 
Email: stpauls@dotnet.com
Phone: (920)921-3363 or (920)922-1833