919 Charles Street Watertown, Wisconsin 53094 [ map ]
Phone (920) 261-2796
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Octagon House & Museum, America’s First Kindergarten,
Plank Road Pioneer Barn and Visitor’s Center
10:00 to 4:00 daily from day after Memorial Day through Labor Day
11:00 to 3:00 after Labor Day to October 31
then closed for the season Nov 1 to April 30
11:00 to 3:00 from May 1st to Memorial Day
Tours are fully guided every hour on the hour in an air-conditioned museum.
$6.00 for senior citizens
and AAA members
6 to 17 years of age
School groups, 20 or more, $3.50 each
The Watertown Historical Society does not accept credit card admissions to its museums
Contributions of Historical Information are always appreciated.
The Society can assist you in digitizing your records so to archive and preserve the treasures
you have and at the same time share them with others while you retain the original
Your contribution can be added to this website and it can be easily updated and corrected
if need be. In addition, it can be linked to other related information on this site or elsewhere on the internet
Items of interest (among many):
Stories, recollections and pictures of Watertown people and places
War remembrances Civic celebrations Class pictures
Family pictures as well as those of homes, businesses, churches, etc
VHS recordings of homes, businesses, graduations, parades, fires, family reunions, etc
Copy VIDEOCASSETTE TO DVD: If you have videocassette tape recordings relating to local history
and would like them copied onto DVDs the historical society will do so for you
at no charge if a copy of the same can be retained by the society
Watertown History Annual # 2
144 pages, $15.95 + $4 s/h
The Watertown Historical Society has published the second edition of the “Watertown History Annual,” the most recent of the society's Hometown Series of publications.
The 144-page magazine, published by the Watertown Historical Society, is edited by William Jannke III and Ken Riedl. It includes rare photos of the city from private collections and stories written by local authors on Watertown's oldest building, the interurban, artist Alex Hardie, St. Mary's Hospital, Watertown's Company E in World War I, early Watertown photographers, Checkered Flag Racing News and articles consisting of reflections upon previous days.
All proceeds derived from the sale of this book go to benefit the Watertown Historical Society. Those wishing to order copies, which make fine gifts, may do so either by means of a $19.95 credit card charge (includes mailing) through this website or by sending their check of this amount to the Watertown Historical Society, 919 Charles St., Watertown, WI 53094.
The Watertown Fire Department: 1857-2007
492 pages, $19.95 + $7 s/h
The 150 year history of the Watertown Fire Department is now available. This comprehensive reference book is filled with images and details on the history of the department, fully indexed and also documents the major fires that have occurred in the city.
All proceeds derived from the sale of this book go to benefit the Watertown Historical Society. Those wishing to order copies, which make fine gifts, may do so either by means of a $36.95 credit card charge (includes mailing) through this website or by sending their check of this amount to the Watertown Historical Society, 919 Charles St., Watertown, WI 53094.
2004: 150th Anniversary of the Octagon House
2006: 150th Anniversary of the America’s First Kindergarten
Set of images from the Dr. Arnold Nichels family. Dr. Nichels was a well-known physician in Watertown. There are also some images taken by his son, Tommy. These images show, among other things, A Ringling Brothers Circus parade on Main Street in 1916, the cyclone that hit the city in 1914, and other interesting views of the city and parks.
The Watertown Historical Society has acquired an irreplaceable set of over 200 glass plate negatives consisting of views of city businesses and events in Watertown between 1881 and 1915. Donations are solicited to assist in making this collection available to the public.
Selected additional sites for those interested in Watertown-Area History
Webmaster: Ken Riedl, firstname.lastname@example.org