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Thursday, 10 May 2018 14:16

Opening the doors to history in Elkhorn

Written by  Staff Writer
The Webster House museum is the heart of the Walworth County Historical Society campus in Elkhorn. The complex also includes an annex, a carriage house, Heritage Hall and the Doris M. Reinke Resource Center. The museum opens for tour season next weekend. Go online to walcohistory.org for more information. The Webster House museum is the heart of the Walworth County Historical Society campus in Elkhorn. The complex also includes an annex, a carriage house, Heritage Hall and the Doris M. Reinke Resource Center. The museum opens for tour season next weekend. Go online to walcohistory.org for more information. File photo

ELKHORN — The Walworth County Historical Society opens its campus for tour season on Saturday, May 19.

The Webster House is filled with pieces that belonged to Joseph Webster and his family, who occupied the house from 1857 until the early 1950s, when one of the last survivors died.

An annex, added after the historical society gained possession of the home, houses other rare collections, including a wildlife bird collection, the original elk horns that gave Elkhorn its name, Potawatomie Indian artifacts and a new room with memorabilia from the Civil War.

Adjacent to the Webster House is the Boyd Carriage House, an 1850 hand-hewn oak beam barn that houses Gen. John Boyd’s carriage that transported him between Lake Geneva and Madison for his senatorial duties in the early days of Wisconsin statehood.

In addition to a rare collection of Boyd family artifacts, the barn houses a collection of antique tools and agricultural implements, including ice-harvesting equipment that drew ice from area lakes and ponds in the days before refrigerators and freezers.

Across the street is Heritage Hall, home of the Veterans Room, which displays artifacts donated by families from the War of 1812 to present. The hall also includes the new Frank Eames Independent Room.

The hall and museum are located at East Rockwell and South Washington streets, about two blocks south of the center of Elkhorn.

For more details and tour information, go online to walcohistory.org, find the society on Facebook or call 262-723-7848 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays.

New society members and volunteers are always welcome.

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