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Milwaukee is a city that has plenty of history and heritage to celebrate. That’s one of the first things you should know if you plan on looking for Milwaukee houses for sale and moving into the area. Thankfully, Milwaukee and the entire state of Wisconsin has several sites that honor that history and heritage. There are plenty of historical sites around the city and the state that are great places to visit for all sorts of history buffs. What exactly are these super interesting historical sites? Here are five cool historical sites that you should visit in Milwaukee.
Old World Wisconsin
If you’re into live historical reenactments then Old World Wisconsin would be the perfect historical site for you to visit. The site has a wide variety of areas that represent different groups of people that settled the Badger State. Actors dress up in historical garb and display various aspects of 19th century Wisconsin. The site covers almost 500 acres, making it one of the largest rural museums in the country. In addition, the site represents a wide variety of ethnic groups, ranging from Scandanavian to African American. Although it may be a little drive from Milwaukee, this is a high-quality Wisconsin historical site.
Victorian-era architecture is always a draw for history buffs, just one of the many reasons why people love to visit Trimborn Farm. The farm is located just outside of Milwaukee and consists of around seven acres and nine buildings in total. There are a wide variety of interesting historical buildings on the property, ranging from a farmhouse to a granary. The architecture on the property is vastly different than anything you would see in today’s time, making a trip to Trimborn Farm well worth your time.
North Point Lighthouse
Located in Lake Park, the North Point Lighthouse is an iconic part of Milwaukee. Constructed in the late 1800s, the lighthouse has stood the test of time. The lighthouse also doubles as a museum, as it is home to a wide variety of maritime artifacts and depictions of local maritime life. Other than the historical aspect, the lighthouse is also home to an amazing view. The main tower is on a bluff that’s overlooking Lake Michigan and the rest of the city, making it the perfect place to visit even if maritime history isn’t your thing.
Joan of Arc Chapel
This interesting historical site is located in the center of Marquette University’s campus. This Chapel is the oldest structure in Milwaukee. The chapel was originally built in France, but the entire thing was disassembled and shipped over to the U.S before being reconstructed. Joan of Arc is a saint of the Catholic church and a hero to the French people. She led several battles in the Hundred Years’ War, eventually turning the war into a success for the French. Ultimately she was captured by the English and burned at the stake for heresy. After her death, she was named a Saint of the Catholic Church and rose to a holy status among its followers. This chapel has a lot of history behind it and is the perfect place to visit if you’re interested in medieval or religious history.
Like many cities, Milwaukee’s city hall is an important center for history and politics. It is here where the majority of the city’s politics happen, meaning that many of the city’s important events happen here. It is a working city hall, so visitors can come during business hours and receive tours. Here you can learn about the legislative process and how it has affected Milwaukee. You can also learn a lot about the city’s history and the events that have transpired. City Hall is beautifully designed from an architectural standpoint, meaning that this site may be worth the visit just for the looks alone. However, if you’re into history or politics, this might be even more of a treat.
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