Octagon House Museum

Welcome to the Octagon House

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, restored 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.

Tour Fees:

$10 Adults; $3 Students (6-18); and 5 and younger free with an accompanying adult

20% DISCOUNTS: $8 for: Seniors (65+), Active Military, Groups (10 or more people) and AAA Members

St. Croix County Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop items.

Tours are available on a walk-in basis on the hour, however, reservations are recommended for groups of ten or more.

Special Tours & Teas may be arranged for groups of twenty-five or more. These special tours can include an elegant afternoon tea, a tour of the Phipps Center for the Arts and/or a Hudson City tour. (LEARN MORE...) Call (715) 386-2654 for information. You may also contact the SCCHS by email at octagon@stcroixcountyhistory.org.


 Spring Tours: May

OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY: Saturdays at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.

Guided tours of the museum complex are about 45 minutes long. Tours begin on the hour at: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (on Saturdays), and 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays).

Tours are available on a walk-in basis on the hour, however, reservations are recommended for groups of ten or more people.

Group Tours: Special private group tours (for 10 or more people) are available by reservation throughout the year (Please note due to display setup, the Museum is not available for private tours in early March or early November). Please call (715) 386-2654 to reserve your group tour.

Summer Tours: June - August

OPEN WEDNESDAYS - SUNDAY: 12 - 4 p.m. & OPEN EARLY on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Guided tours of the museum complex are about 45 minutes long. Tours begin on the hour at: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (on Saturdays), and 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Wednesdays - Sundays).

Tours are available on a walk-in basis on the hour, however, reservations are recommended for groups of ten or more people.

Fall Tours: September 2nd - October 28th

OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY: Saturdays at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.

Guided tours of the museum complex are about 45 minutes long. Tours begin on the hour at: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (on Saturdays only), and 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays).

The last day of Fall Tours is October 28th (the museum will be closed on October 29 as we begin decorating for Christmas).

Christmas Tours: December 2nd - 17th

OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY (prior to Christmas): Saturdays at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sundays 12 - 4 p.m.

Guided tours of the museum complex are about 45 minutes long. Tours begin on the hour at: 10 a.m., 11 a.m. (on Saturdays only), and 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. (Saturdays & Sundays)


Octagon House Museum History

The house was built for Judge John Shaw Moffat and his wife, Nancy Bennet Moffat, New Yorkers who arrived in Hudson in 1854 with their young daughter, Mary. Four generations of the musically inclined Moffat-Hughes family lived in the home over a span of 102 years.

The Octagon House is a fine example of the novel eight-sided dwelling popular in America in the mid-1800s. Such a house was considered conducive to healthy living as light and air could enter from eight directions.

The St. Croix County Historical Society purchased the Octagon House in 1964 with funds obtained mainly through private donations. The Society maintains the house in the authentic tradition of a fine mid-19th century home.

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