Aztalan Museum in Jefferson

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You would never believe it, but a great city of Native Americans once lived in Wisconsin about 900 years ago.  We took a trip to Aztalan Museum  to learn more. Let’s visit the museum first.  It had just opened for the season only the day before, May 15.  It’s open between mid-May through September Thursday through Sunday from 12-4. Aztalan Historic Museum sign   Aztalan Historic site Aztalan Buildings right side The top photo is the buildings on the left as you enter the parking lot, bottom photo are buildings on the right.  The Aztalan Schoolhouse is across the street, we saw that last. Aztalan Schoolhouse We began our visit in the admissions building to pay our small admissions fee of $5 each to explore the site.  Deb Conlan, who was the docent there that day, said we we among the first visitors of the season, yaay! Deb Conlan and us She told us that the Lake Mills-Aztalan Historic Society would love more people to join them.  Also, more volunteers are needed to maintain the grounds on the site during the summer, or even just man the desk in the admissions building. Call 920-648-4632 for more details. We began our self-guided tour in the former Baptist Church (1852),  a museum since 1942.  Many interesting artifacts inside. Outside is a historic marker. Aztalan marker Aztalan Museum inside cropCrazy JugBeethoven bust

Next door was the Moravian Church-1861. It was not open but was able to get a view through the window.

Moravian Church   Moravian church marker Moravian Church inside   Just outside of the church is the “Princess” burial mound.  An Indian princess from the nearby Aztalan settlement was theorized to have been buried here.

Princess Burial Mound


Next was the Bornell cabin, set up like a general store.

Bornell Cabin

Bornell Cabin inside

The Pettey cabin once housed a family of 8!

Pettey Cabin 1843

Pettey cabin inside

Next to this home is the larger Zickert house (after 1867). Inside was an 1800’s kitchen display, also a bedroom. On a rock outside is a marker dedicated to Anne Pickett, founder of the first dairy co-op in Jefferson Co.

Zickert House

Anne Pickett marker


Zickert House kitchen

Zickert House bedroom


Hansen’s Granary, inside were many woodworking tools of days gone by.

Hansen's Granary


Hansen's Granary inside

The last building on the site was the schoolhouse. Very interesting to see how school used to be.

Aztalan schoolhouse inside

We had a great visit at the museum, we will be back later, hopefully to help them out as volunteers.


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