"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
The Monticello Historical Society was founded in 1995 by Mrs. Marlene Schmalbeck. She saw Monticello’s history being sold at garage sales and felt something had to be done. Mrs. Ruth Knight Sybers in 2001 purchased the former Woelffer Drug Store and donated it to the society to use as a museum for Monticello history.
After undergoing restoration, it opened on May 12, 2007. A special commemorative postmark was created for that day and extras are for sale at the museum.
We went in the museum, the docents greeted us and thanked us for coming. From the Historical Society website.
Hours of Operation
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment. Closed for the season November thru April.
For special group or individual tours call the museum at (608) 938-4216 or send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We were there on a Saturday, many people came to visit that day. There are many artifacts donated by residents. On the right is a soda fountain re-creation, perhaps like one the drug store used to have. Some of the displays are rotated out every two years, they will be changed out for 2015.
Monticello once had a Woolen Mill, dating back to 1866. It had burned down in 1950 and was not rebuilt since the demand was no longer there. Some items produced at the mill were on display.
School Display, with pictures of former one-room schools in the area.
A tribute to the women who worked just as hard on the family farm as the men, very nice!
A laundry exhibit. It sure has become easier to do since then!
Church Basement Ladies serving up a feast. And the kitchen display this picture is a part of.
This concludes our visit at the Monticello Museum. We really learned a lot about this friendly community here and the docents there welcome you!
Monticello is a friendly community of 1,217 in the heart of Green county and has plenty to offer in the way of activities or just plain relaxing. A great place to relax here is by Montesian Lake and park. It has a covered bridge, large gazebo and a LONG grill for community cook-outs.
Pay a visit to Millie the Whale in the lake too in season, as the lake freezes over in winter.
Another great place to relax is nearby Montesian Gardens, a beautiful flower garden tended by green-thumbed volunteers. It was quite beautiful in mid-summer. Much to our surprise, there were pieces of Sid Boyum art here in the gardens.
Let’s take in the sights downtown, they have preserved their historic buildings quite well. We began our walk from the north end of town. Just before going down Main St, we went left to Coates St. to visit the Swiss Heritage Cheese Co. We got some delicious Brick Cheese.
Cheesemaking has been an important part of many towns in Green County, and Monticello has a marker in Montesian Park marking the production of Limburger cheese.
The first business we see on N. Main is Voegli Chevrolet Buick, co-owner Jack Stenbroten Jr. will be happy to help you! With an A+ rating with the BBB, you know they have your best interests at heart!
Across the street is the Eagle Pass Saloon and in the Woelffer Drugstore is now Monticello’s Historical Society Museum, which is open on Saturdays during the summer. Let’s go in! We are so glad the museum was open today. It’s here because of the efforts of the Historical Society and benefactor Mrs. Ruth Knight Sybers. She bought the building in 2001 and donated it to the Historical Society. Reach them here.
P.O. Box 463 204 N. Main St. Monticello, WI 53570 Phone: (608)938-4216 Email: email@example.com
A special postmark was created when the building was opened for viewing on May 12, 2007.
One of the contributors to this photo display of farm life, Linda Schiesser, told us of the business she and her mother Elda own, Scherenschnitte (Swiss Folk Art) in nearby New Glarus. She happened to be in the museum today. They have sold their work at Green County Cheese Days in September selling their art. Reach them here.
Scherenschnitte – The Schiessers
P.O. Box 232, New Glarus, WI 53574-0232
Time for lunch at the popular M & M Cafè at the end of the street, across from Montesian Park. We got there just before a huge crowd of bicyclists arrived, filling the restaurant to capacity! The reason so much bike traffic, Monticello is at the juncture of TWO bike trails. The Badger State Trail and the Sugar River Trail, which we biked on before from New Glarus.
We really enjoyed our visit to Monticello and plan on returning.