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Popular Historic Sites in Wisconsin
Travel back in time at historic sites in Wisconsin and learn more about the heritage of the Badger State. The Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee was once the primary residence of the founder of the Pabst Brewing Company, Captain Frederick Pabst. This mansion was sold to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 1908 and remained the home for five Archbishops, priests and sisters until 1975. It was rescued from being demolished by Wisconsin Heritages, Inc., and has since been restored and preserved.
One of the many must-see historic sites of the Brew City is Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge. "Milwaukee’s Oldest Cocktail Lounge" has been serving patrons since 1938 in the Historic Mitchell Street Neighborhood. While you are there, kick back and enjoy some of Milwaukee’s finest brews.
Situated in the downtown area, the Historic Third Ward of Milwaukee is a landmark neighborhood and a cultural staple of the Brew City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this district is a hub for restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and 10 blocks of entertainment.
Historic Third Ward
Spanning nearly 10 blocks near downtown Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward is a historic neighborghood and a cultural staple of the community. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the HTW is a hub for restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, and more. Specific cultural landmarks include the Broadway Theatre Center and Skylight Music Theatre, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and more. A favorite among visitors and locals alike, Milwaukee's annual Summerfest is held at Henry Maier Festival Park in HTW.
The Flemish Renaissance Revival style Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee was built in 1892 for Captain Frederick Pabst and his family. The founder of the Pabst Brewing Company and his family lived in this historic mansion until 1908. Once the mansion was sold by the Pabst descendants in 1908, the mansion was purchased by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It remained the residence for five Archbishops, priests and sisters until 1975. It was saved from demolition when Wisconsin Heritages, Inc. bought it for preservation.
Grant County Courthouse
The site of the country's first Civil War Monument, the Grant County Courthouse is located in downtown Lancaster in southern Wisconsin, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1902, the Classical Revival was designed by architect Armand D. Koch, and constructed with red sandstone.
The Grant County Courthouse features the iconic glass and copper dome – dubbing Lancaster the City of the Dome – and remains in use to Lancaster residents and visitors to this day. The 1.6-acre grounds also house the First Civil War Monument, reading "To the memory of the brave soldiers of Grant County who fell in defense of universal liberty in the great rebellion of A.D. 1861."
Bryant's Cocktail Lounge
Established in 1938, Bryant's is known as "Milwaukee’s Oldest Cocktail Lounge" – and is one of many historic sites in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Bryant's is open Monday through Saturday in Milwaukee's Historic Mitchell Street Neighborhood. Found at 9th Street and Lapham Boulevard, Bryant's Cocktail Lounge also features a second story – home to the Velvet Lounge – ideal for celebrations and special occasions.