Visit to the Grant County Historical Society

Wisconsin Historical Images #12423

Bird’s-Eye View of Lancaster, Grant County, Wis. Looking North West, 1875 (WHI #12423).

Last week I spent a morning in Lancaster at the Cunningham Museum, operated by the Grant County Historical Society. They were having a volunteer work day to ready the museum for the annual spring visits from local schools, and the place was buzzing with activity. I explored and found a number of interesting things on exhibit, including a woven shawl made in the Lancaster Woolen Mill, a handmade rocking chair with its original splint seat, and a Civil War-era fundraising quilt. Also of interest was a center table made from walnut salvaged from Wisconsin’s first capitol building (for a short time, the state’s capital was the Grant County town of Belmont–the original location is now a state historic site).

The Grant County Historical Society also operates the Mitchell-Rountree Stone Cottage in Platteville. This house, built in 1837, is furnished with many items originally belonging to the Mitchell and Rountree families, and I plan to pay a visit there sometime this summer.

Posted by Emily Pfotenhauer.

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