Draft horses add to authenticity of Old World Wisconsin

Ron Luebke and John Hanson pitch bundles of grain onto a horse drawn wagon at Old World Wisconsin.

Visitors touring the grounds of Old World Wisconsin have the opportunity to glimpse life in the late 1800s.

Located in Eagle, WI., Old World Wisconsin is a living museum of more than 60 historic structures ranging from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural buildings to the 1880’s villages with their traditional small-town institutions.

Researchers traveled throughout Wisconsin searching authentic historic buildings owned by generations of Wisconsin settlers. The structures are documented with their historic origins. Many of the structures were taken down piece by piece numbered and brought to Old World Wisconsin and reconstructed.

Visitors can tour the grounds and get an up close look at the many settlements -Dutch, Danish, Finish, German, Norwegian and Polish. The grounds also features a working blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, shoemaker and the general store. In addition, there's a bicycle shop, authentic livestock, heirloom gardens, as well as crafts and games of yesteryear.

Jackie Schuster, a member of the Jefferson County Draft Horse Association dresses in period costume while volunteering at Old World Wisconsin with a team of draft horses.

Because Old World Wisconsin is a living museum depicting the life of 1800’s and early 1900’s you will see participants dress in appropriate in period clothing, including members of the Jefferson County Draft Horse Association. Our members demonstrate farming techniques, logging and pulling the Omnibus around the grounds. Our participation at this wonderful state historic site is made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin State Horse Council.