Knox Creek Heritage Center

Cultural, ethnic and historical display| Highway 8 east to N4517 West Knox Road, Brantwood.

The Knox Creek Heritage Center, an affiliate of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, is composed of eight buildings and artifacts representing several ethnic groups in southeastern Price County:

  • the Main Farm House, circa 1900 and furnished in period style
  • the Summer Kitchen, part of the original homestead, now used as a gift shop
  • the Keto House, circa 1900, with exhibits that include a logging display, a display of the Co-op era, and memorabilia from the schools in the area from the late 1800s to present
  • the  Spirit Baptist Church, circa 1890, has changing exhibits and a permanent military display
  • the Waahto Sauna built in the early 1900s, moved to the site and restored to its original working condition
  • the Immigrant House, a log building, recently restored, with artifacts from the early settler’s era
  • the other buildings include a shelter erected to house a threshing machine, a tractor that would have been used to run the thresher, a 1920s tractor and other farm implements, a pole shed that houses exhibits about the agricultural era, tools that early tradesmen used, a blacksmith display and other artifacts. All the buildings on the site are used to display artifacts, documents, photographs, and other memorabilia that represent the cultural, ethnic, and historical aspect of past eras.

Four ethnically themed events are held each year.  A St. Patrick’s/St. Urho’s corned beef and cabbage dinner is held the 3rd Saturday in March; a Scandinavian Mid-Summer celebration is held the 4th Saturday in June; a  Country Afternoon the 2nd Saturday in September; and a Finnish Independence Day Dinner the 1st Saturday in December.

The center is open by appointment and on event dates.  For more information or to make an appointment, write KCHC, N4517 West Knox Road Brantwood, WI  54513, e-mail paulsyl@centurytel.net, or call 715-564-2520 or 715-564-2525.

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