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A visit to Cedarburg, located 20 miles north of Milwaukee, is like taking a step back to the 19th-century. German immigrants settled here in the 1840s, starting their lumber and woolen mills and factories because of the opportunities for power generated by Cedar Creek. The Niagara limestone used in many of the churches, taverns and mills was hewn from local quarries. Today those limestone buildings are still in use as artist’s studios, shops, restaurants, a working forge and a winery. The city’s architectural heritage is protected by a Landmark’s Commission; Cedarburg’s two hundred historic buildings have been placed on the National Register ...

A visit to Cedarburg, located 20 miles north of Milwaukee, is like taking a step back to the 19th-century. German immigrants settled here in the 1840s, starting their lumber and woolen mills and factories because of the opportunities for power generated by Cedar Creek. The Niagara limestone used in many of the churches, taverns and mills was hewn from local quarries. Today those limestone buildings are still in use as artist’s studios, shops, restaurants, a working forge and a winery. The city’s architectural heritage is protected by a Landmark’s Commission; Cedarburg’s two hundred historic buildings have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Make your first stop the General Store Museum which is also the visitors’ center. Housed here is an impressive collection of antique packaging and advertising art, vintage tins and apothecary items. Stop into the Cedarburg Woolen Mill Textile Museum to see how custom carding is done on 1860 textile looms. The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts hosts changing textile exhibits by Wisconsin artisans. Tour the Kuhefuss House filled with 19th century furnishings that belonged to five generations of the Kuhefuss family. Take a tour and tasting at Cedar Creek Winery located in an 1860’s woolen mill. Get some outdoor exercise by walking or biking a section of the thirty-mile-long Ozaukee Interurban Trail that runs through Cedarburg.

Frances Folsom
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Frances Folsom is the author of CitySpot Palermo, a contributor to the Reiskits guides to Milan and Italy's Lakes Region, and Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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