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History

Learn about local history at the Holly History & Genealogy Center, the Hutchinson House Museum, the Waupaca Train Depot, and the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. Discover how the Waupaca Area came to be, who the first settlers were, where the name, “Waupaca” came from, and much more.

 

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Holly Historical and Genealogy Center
321 S Main Street
Waupaca
(715) 256-9980
New to the area and want to find out historical information about Waupaca? Do you want to know more about family roots in the area?  Visit the Historical Society of Waupaca. Open Wednesdays and Friday Noon to 3 p.m. September - May;   Noon - 4 p.m. June - August;  Saturdays 9 a.m. - Noon during June - August.

Iola Historical Society
210 Depot Street
Iola
(715) 445-4652
The Iola Historical Society meets monthly on the last Monday of each month, January through October at 6:20 p.m. Guests are always welcome to the meetings and special occasions.

Museums



Hutchinson House
921 S Main Street
Waupaca
(715) 256-9980
Legend has it that Mr. Hutchinson built a beautiful home for Mrs. Hutchinson to influence her to move, as she had moved so many times before.  The museum is located in South Park at the South end of Main Street in downtown Waupaca. Open Saturday and Sunday and holidays from 1-4 p.m  Memorial Day – Labor Day. Call to arrange

Iola Historical Village
210 Depot Street
Iola WI 54945
(715) 445-4652
Hundreds of historic relics from Iola's Swiss and Norwegian heritages are preserved and captured at the Historic Village and Museum complex. Open Saturdays June - August from Noon - 4 p.m.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
N2665 County QQ
Waupaca
(715) 258-5586
War relics and history.  Located in the Marden Center at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. Open Daily from 9 AM – 4 PM.  Free admission.

Red Mill


Red Mill
N2190 County Road K 
Waupaca
(715) 258-7385
Covered bridge and Chapel in the Woods, next to Nelson's Park on the Crystal River.  Three miles south on County Road K.  Open year round.

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Historic Yankee Village
All of the original descendants originated from Great Britain or New England.  Most of the sites are private homes and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Self-guided tour.  Brochure available at the Chamber office.


Bandstand



Bandstand
Built in 1889.  Located on the City Square in Downtown Waupaca.  City Band Concerts on Friday nights in the summertime from mid-June through July. While on the campaign trail, United States Presidential Candidate, Ronald Regan gave a nationally broadcast speech from this location in 1980.

 

Historic Railroad Depot



Almost unnoticed at the top of a hill just past the Oak St. Bridge in Waupaca's third ward sits one of Waupaca's historical landmarks - the former Soo Line railroad depot. For much of the city's existence the depot was an important part of the community. In 1907, after a fire destroyed the old building, the original Wisconsin Central spared no expense to build the current structure for this important tourist and shipping location. To visit the depot, please contact the Waupaca Historical Society at (715) 256-9980 or wauphistosoc@waupacaonline.net.