When people think of Wisconsin beauty, they tend to focus on nature and rural landscapes, while affiliating urban beauty with places like Europe and Latin America. Yet despite a lack of awareness or promotion, Wisconsin remains full of exceptionally beautiful and historic architecture, churches, and graveyards. This group will travel to sites in Southern Wisconsin to see and experience and learn about these storied landscapes. House hunters, churchgoers, taphophiles, and history buffs, come see the treasures in your own backyard. Whether you are new to the state or rediscovering your homeland, discover the old and the photo-worthy sites that lie on and off the beaten path
Admission is $12.50 each, or $10 if we have more than 10 people.
“The East Troy Railroad Museum operates on the last remaining piece of the original interurban network which operated in Wisconsin. By 1939, the railroad was retired by The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company due to lack of ridership. Since everything from gas to groceries came in to East Troy by our line, the town passed a referendum to purchase the remaining 7.5 mile stretch of track and overhead for freight purposes. The Village of East Troy operated the railroad until the year 2000 when it was purchased by the Friends of East Troy Railroad. Today, the East Troy Electric Railroad has 32 pieces of equipment with over 500 members worldwide, 110 active volunteers and 15,000 visitors each year! With your support, we can fulfill our mission to keep the trolley history alive for generations to come!
Step back in time when life was a little simpler. Our historic rail cars travel a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin. Board at either the depot in East Troy or at The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago (see schedule). Meander through the depot museum where kids can be a trolley motorman, discover the joy of model layouts and learn about electricity. The gift shop features a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.
Delight your tastebuds at Lauber's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor next to the depot or enjoy a delicious meal at Ivan's on the Square in East Troy.
The East Troy Electric Railroad is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers committed to the operation and preservation of historic trolleys and interurban railcars. All proceeds and sales benefit the education and preservation work of this museum. Your contributions are tax deductible as permitted by law.”
My first project with Historic Madison Inc! More details to come, but several homes in the Mansion Hill neighborhood will be available to tour, with writeups on other homes in the area. We are working on possibly securing the Gates of Heaven building to tour as well.