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The Octagon House

919 Charles St, Watertown, WI 53094-5001
+1 920-261-2796
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Amazing house

A beautiful and historic home set in a quaint neighborhood. Being the first house built in... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
via mobile
Step back 100 years and see how they lived without the internet.

Tour the unique home and relocate school house. There is a gift shop with information on the... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
Rick T
Watertown, Wisconsin
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919 Charles St, Watertown, WI 53094-5001
+1 920-261-2796
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A beautiful and historic home set in a quaint neighborhood. Being the first house built in Watertown, the construction was decades ahead of even houses built in the 50's -60's. It's a must see, adults and children will be fascinated with the tour. The grounds...More

Thank Franklin910
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Tour the unique home and relocate school house. There is a gift shop with information on the history of the house on the grounds. Parking is limited to the street.

1  Thank Rick T
Reviewed 13 September 2017

The Octagon House along with the First Kindergarten are a fascinating attraction when visiting Watertown. This older home has plenty of history and charm! A must see when coming to Watertown.

Thank Jennifer R
Reviewed 21 July 2017

I highly recommend a visit to the Octagon House. It is especially nice to tour it during the Heritage Band Concert and Ice Cream Social held every August. We wouldn't miss it!

Thank Chris K
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Interesting house which has a great deal of local history and artifacts displayed. Enjoyed the visit.

Thank janelaine3
Reviewed 8 May 2017

My wife and I were fortunate to have some extra time to make a side trip to Watertown and tour the Octagon House. As some other reviewers have mentioned, this is one of the few historic homes where you get to see nearly every room...More

Thank jere413
Reviewed 14 February 2017

A must see on your visit to Watertown.While there you can also visit the first kindergarten in the U.S.

Thank lubyjohn
Reviewed 12 October 2016

The Octagon House in Watertown, Wisconsin, also known as the Octagon House Museum or the John Richards Octagon House, was built in 1854 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Thank stx4by4
Reviewed 7 September 2016

This was one of the most interesting places that we have toured. Often you only get to see the main floor. In this mansion, we saw all three floors, plus the cupola and the basement. Almost every room was available. The stairs are narrow and...More

1  Thank Cathy L
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Really a unique house and the guide will answer any questions you ask her, she is very knowledgeable. It is a real experience to learn the history of the owners and how they lived. The house itself is the main attraction with the first kindergarten...More

Thank Flossie B
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