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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

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Vilas Neighborhood Walking Tour

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PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP HERE UNTIL YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS ONLINE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROMPTS AT THE LINK BELOW. CLICK ON EVENTBRITE SCHEDULE TO FIND LINKS TO PURCHASE. WHEN YOU CONFIRM WITH ME VIA MESSAGE OR EMAIL ([masked]) THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED A TICKET, I WILL TAKE YOU OFF THE GUEST LIST AND MARK YOU AS GOING:

https://www.madisonpreservation.org/historic-architecture-walking-tours

Many of you come on these neighborhood architecture walks every year as I volunteer as a guide for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. I am happy to announce I will be leading two tours this year with two Thursday night options each.

Third Lake West will run on June 30 and again on August 11.

The Vilas Neighborhood will run on July 14 and again on September 1.

Due to the coronavirus, tickets will not be sold to walk-ups this year, and must be purchased online in advance. They are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to members of the Madison Trust. Tickets are limited to 18 attendees per guide (I am typically one of two guides). You will be competing with the general public for slots.

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Vilas
Lake Wingra: Homes, History & Mounds

NEW TOUR Experience how the historically unique Vilas Neighborhood has it all, from Indian Mounds and the popular Vilas Park to architecture ranging from Prairie and Queen Anne, to Tudor and Georgian Revival. Rising up a hill from wetlands and Lake Wingra, the Vilas Neighborhood (originally called Wingra Park) developed as one of Madison’s first residential suburbs as the city expanded. Learn what was destroyed and what was preserved as new homes went up. Over 130 years later, the neighborhood retains its unique aspects and continues to bustle with liveliness.

Beautiful, Historic Cedarburg Part 1: Covered Bridge & Cedar Creek Settlement

Pound for pound, Cedarburg might have the most beautiful downtown in Wisconsin, full of old stone buildings and artisan shops. Let’s gather briefly at Wisconsin’s last remaining original 19th century covered bridge, before heading downtown to eat, drink, and shop in Cedar Creek Settlement. We can explore the numerous small businesses at our leisure, including a well-known winery, a distillery, an Amish craftsmen’s guild, as well as an “apothecary” and a “trading post.” We can stick together or break into smaller groups at any time.

I will look into getting a reservation for some of us at Tomaso’s, voted #1 pizza by Milwaukee Magazine and Ozaukee County.

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Beautiful, Historic Cedarburg Part 2: Museums and Downtown Stroll

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Pound for pound, Cedarburg might have the most beautiful downtown in Wisconsin, full of old stone buildings and artisan shops. We will start at the History Museum, then after a brief time (maybe 25 minutes), we will head to the art museum, located in a beautiful Queen Anne (free, but $5 donation suggested). Weather permitting, we will then walk around the gorgeous downtown, which features an old mill and a trussed pedestrian/bike bridge.

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Third Lake West Walking Tour

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PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP HERE UNTIL YOU HAVE BOUGHT YOUR TICKETS ONLINE. PLEASE FOLLOW THE PROMPTS AT THE LINK BELOW. CLICK ON EVENTBRITE SCHEDULE TO FIND LINKS TO PURCHASE. WHEN YOU CONFIRM WITH ME VIA MESSAGE OR EMAIL ([masked]) THAT YOU HAVE PURCHASED A TICKET, I WILL TAKE YOU OFF THE GUEST LIST AND MARK YOU AS GOING:

https://www.madisonpreservation.org/historic-architecture-walking-tours

Many of you come on these neighborhood architecture walks every year as I volunteer as a guide for the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation. I am happy to announce I will be leading two tours this year with two Thursday night options each.

Third Lake West will run on June 30 and again on August 11.

The Vilas Neighborhood will run on July 14 and again on September 1.

Due to the coronavirus, tickets will not be sold to walk-ups this year, and must be purchased online in advance. They are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free to members of the Madison Trust. Tickets are limited to 18 attendees per guide (I am typically one of two guides). You will be competing with the general public for slots.

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Third Lake Ridge West
Brewers and Burghers

Wild and woolly Willy Street started as a haven for 19th-century German immigrants. They made their homes, taverns, shops and churches in the unique buildings on Williamson and Jenifer Streets. Learn how this area grew through the decades to become one of Madison’s most distinctive neighborhoods.

Past events (109)

Gibraltar Rock Hike & the Merrimac Ferry

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