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Octagon House Ice Cream Social and 1st Brigade Band Performance

Octagon House Ice Cream Social and 1st Brigade Band Performance

Date: August 5, 2018
Timing: 10am - 4pm

Location: 919 Charles St, Watertown, WI 53094

Enjoy ice cream and homemade cake while listening to the 1st Brigade Band on the grounds of the Octagon House Museum.  The band MAKES HISTORY LIVE by presenting period brass band music, performed on antique instruments. Attired in uniforms and gowns, the Band’s musicians, Read More

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A Holiday Play-performed at the Octagon House Museum

A Holiday Play-performed at the Octagon House Museum

Date: November 24, 2018 to Nov 25, 2018
Timing: 11am-3pm with new performances running every 30 minutes

Location: 919 Charles St, Watertown, WI 53094

The Watertown Players and the Watertown Historical Society Present a Christmas play.  Each scene of the show takes place in the four main rooms on the first level of the Octagon House Museum. The actors will lead the audience through Read More

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Lorine Niedecker

Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival

Date: September 29, 2017 to Sep 30, 2017
Timing: 9:30am-4:30pm

Location: 401 Whitewater Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI

Calling all poets, poetry lovers, writers, teachers, and wordsmiths!

The Annual Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival offers a weekend full of workshops, speakers, open poetry readings, round tables, landmark tours, and the infamous writers cafe. The festival is in honor of Read More

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Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Fort Atkinson

Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Fort Atkinson

Date: September 9, 2017
Timing: 8am - 10am

Location: East Milwaukee Avenue Fort Atkinson 53538

Join the Hoard Historical Museum as they host historic walking tours of downtown Fort Atkinson in conjunction with the downtown Saturday Farmer’s Markets.

This walking tour will highlight the structures and people who helped build Fort Atkinson. Walking tours will explore Read More

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Mary Hoard Art Show

56th Annual Mary Hoard Art Show

Date: April 1, 2016 to May 07, 2016
Timing: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Location: 401 Whitewater Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI

Part One of the Mary Hoard Art Show runs April 1 through Saturday, April 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hoard Historical Museum.  Part One of this show features artwork by students in Kindergarten through Grade Eight that attend Read More

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Watertown Military Show

Watertown Military Show

Date: June 23, 2018 to Jun 24, 2018
Timing: Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-3pm

Location: 1741 River Dr, Watertown Wi

Display of historic military vehicles and airplanes.  Fundraiser includes war reenactments, static vehicle display, vendor booths and memorabilia, a USO-style swing dance band, and a pancake breakfast.

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Dairy Day

Annual Dairy Day at the “Moo”-seum

Date: June 3, 2017
Timing: 11am - 2pm

Location: 401 Whitewater Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI

A Celebration of all things Dairy! The Hoard Historical Museum and the National Dairy Shrine Museum host the Annual “Dairy Day at the Moo-seum” from 11-2pm on Saturday, June 3. Learn about the dairy industry, both past and present, from the Read More

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Hello Building! How Old Are You?

Date: June 15, 2017
Timing: 3:30 pm

Location: 431 W. Center St., Whitewater, WI 53190

Focusing on the 1856 Smith Allen House & the 1860 JJ Starin House in WHitewater, this program from the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library includes a short walking tour to investigate their design features, building materials, and scale. This prepares Read More

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Black Hawk Artists Show & Sale

Date: November 1, 2015 to Nov 21, 2015
Timing: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The 43rd Black Hawk Artists Show and Sale at the Hoard Historical Museum runs Sunday, November 1, 2015 through Saturday, November 21, 2015.  (Opening Reception on Sunday, November 1, 2015, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.)

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Historical Bicycle Tour of Fort Atkinson

Date: October 21, 2017
Timing: 9am

Location: East Milwaukee Avenue Fort Atkinson 53538

This one-hour gentle bike ride will feature a variety of historic locations in Fort Atkinson and will be led by Merrilee Lee, Hoard Museum Director.  Bikers should meet at the Fort Farmer’s Market sidewalk at the intersection of Milwaukee and Read More

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A World Gone Mad: World War II

A World Gone Mad: World War II

Date: February 12, 2018
Timing: 6:00 p.m.

Location: 100 S. Water St., Watertown, WI 53094

Historian Jim Gibbons will be at the Watertown Public Library to take the audience through one of the most catastrophic wars in our nation’s history, World War II. This program is part of the Libraries Transform initiative at area libraries; Read More

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Rock River Trail Celebration in Fort Atkinson

Rock River Trail Celebration in Fort Atkinson

Date: June 3, 2017 to Jun 04, 2017
Timing: Saturday, 8am-10pm, Sunday, 8am-12pm

Location: Downtown Fort Atkinson

Celebrate the Rock River Trail on June 3 and 4 in Fort Atkinson! Join us for a Saturday paddle down the Rock River to celebrate the trail opening and to bring awareness to the recreational water opportunities in Wisconsin. Enjoy Read More

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1901WaterTowerJuly4thTour

Tour the 1901 Water Tower and Take a Ride Through Time

Date: July 4, 2017
Timing: 12-3pm

Location: S. High St., Fort Atkinson, WI

Take a Ride Through Time! Tour the 1901 Historic Water Tower, take a picture with a Vintage Ford Model T and then hop in for a short ride past some of Fort Atkinson’s Historic Homes.

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Historic Walking Tour of Fort Atkinson

Historic Walking Tour of Fort Atkinson

Date: July 14, 2018
Timing: 8 - 11 a.m.

Location: Fort Atkinson Farmers Market Fort Atkinson, WI

See where the history of Fort Atkinson happened! Join the Hoard Historical Museum’s Director, Merrilee Lee, on a walking tour of downtown Fort Atkinson. Tours will meet on the hour at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. at the Fort Atkinson Farmer’s Read More

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The Jefferson County Tourism Council (JCTC) is a grass roots organization made up of area Chambers of Commerce and Businesses all interested in promoting tourism throughout the County.

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PO Box 243
Jefferson WI 53549
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