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Octagon House is open for tours

Take a step back to the 19th century in Hudson, Wisconsin

The Octagon House Museum in Hudson, Wis., is open for the 2012 tour season.

The museum is open Wednesday-Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Take a step back into the 19th century with a tour of the elegant, octagon-shaped house as costumed guides share the story of the Moffat-Hughes family who lived in the house for over 100 years. Tours last about an hour; admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students ages 12 to 18, and $2 for children ages 5 to 12.

This year's "Westward to the St. Croix" theme will explore the early history of St. Croix County, including the French Canadians who settled on the shore of the St. Croix River, the fur trade, logging, the railroad and the many immigrants who settled Hudson.

The museum complex includes the Octagon House Museum, the Garden House with general store, blacksmith shop, domestic arts, and medical tableaux, and the Museum Gift Shop featuring decorative items for the home and garden, and Victorian inspired gifts. The Gift Shop is open to the public during regular tour hours.

Groups of 10 or more can make advance reservations by calling the Octagon House at (715) 386-2654. For larger groups (25 plus) special tour times and events may be pre-arranged with additional options such as an afternoon tea, city tour and more.

The St. Croix County Historical Society continually seeks new members and volunteers. If you are interested in preserving local history, please consider an annual membership or volunteering.