Octagon House Museum • Hudson Wisconsin

Civil War Encampment & Ice Cream Social on July 22

The Octagon House Museum will host the 10th annual Civil War Encampment on Sunday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Encampment is a free event is open to the public. This family friendly event will be held on the Octagon House Museum’s south lawn at 1004 Third Street in Hudson, WI.

Doug Harmon, with volunteer re-enactors from the Prescott Guards Volunteer Infantry, will share stories of the everyday life of the Civil War soldier. From the equipment they used, what they wore, what they ate, to what they did for entertainment, guests get a close-up look at the Encampment, can ask questions and talk one-on-one with the re-enactors.

The Encampment will include an Ice Cream Social fundraiser which will feature ice cream, floats, sundaes, and homemade baked goods. There will be a demonstration and free samples of old-fashioned hand-cranked ice cream.

The Octagon House Museum will be open for guided tours at regular admission prices with the 2018 theme of “Then & Now: 100 years of Education” which takes a look at education form the 1850 to the 1950s. Tours begin on the hour.

The Museum Gift Shop, located in the Carriage House, features items for the home and garden, and Victorian inspired gifts. The Gift Shop is open to the public during regular tour hours.

The Historical Society will once again partner with the RiverFest, with the Encampment being one of the many activities held during the RiverFest’s 6-day community celebration. Learn about RiverFest at StCroixRiverFest.org.

Octagon House Museum

The St. Croix County Historical Society maintains the Octagon House Museum complex, which is open for guided tours May through October & December. In addition to the gracious eight-sided house with Victorian era furnishings, the complex includes the Garden House with its 19th century life, domestic arts, carpenter, blacksmith, and general store tableaux; and the Carriage House, which includes the Museum Gift Shop and research center. All structures are set amid expansive, beautifully maintained gardens.

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