Octagon House opens with Victorian themeThe St. Croix County Historical Society has announced that the Octagon House Museum will open for the season Thursday, May 1.
The St. Croix County Historical Society has announced that the Octagon House Museum will open for the season Thursday, May 1.
The eight-sided, fully furnished historic 1855 home, the Garden House Museum and Carriage House Gift Shop are located at 1004 Third St. Guided tours of the complex are offered, and walk-ins are welcome. Groups of 10 or more may make a reservation for any time by calling (715) 386-2654.
Regular tour hours are Wednesday-Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Oh, those Innovative Victorians.” Each room of the Octagon House will highlight a different Victorian invention. Visitors may expect to see antiques and architecture; hear the story of the family who built the house in 1854 and lived there for 102 years; and learn how Victorian era innovations in communications, travel, work and leisure have shaped modern lives.
Tours last about an hour, and the cost is $7 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for children age 5-12. The historical society also offers memberships, which includes a free tour and a 10 percent discount in the gift shop. More information is available at www.presenter,com/~octagon.