History: Tours and Area Attractions

Hawks Inn Tours & Delafield History Center - 
Saturday Tours, May until October

2017 Season: Open First Saturday in May through last Saturday in October, tours from 1pm-4pm, and special events.

Hawks Inn is the fully restored stagecoach stop that was once the social center of Delafield in the 1800s. Public tours of this three-story, 18-room historical site are scheduled every Saturday from May through October. 
Take in the period artifacts as a tour guide shares insights on the many pieces, and leads you through the Inn. Stories from the original diary of Nelson C. Hawks, son of Nelson and Hanah Hawks, who ran the Inn, are shared to give visitors insight into the daily processes, hardships, and life of the people who lived during that time. Hawks Inn is recognized on The National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit hawksinn.org. No admission fees but donations are welcomed.


Hawks Inn Historical Society, Inc.

Delafield History Center
P.O. Box 180104
426 Wells Street
Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-4794


St. John's Northwestern Military Academy

Beyond the white steeples that cascade the skyline of Delafield, atop the rolling hills of this historic city, you can see St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA). SJNMA is a private, all-male college preparatory and leadership development school for young men in grades 6-12. The Academy combines personalized academic instruction, mandatory participation in athletics, ongoing instruction in ethics and values, and a structured, military-style environment that together allow each cadet an opportunity to achieve at his full potential. 

Since 1884, the school has been developing the minds and shaping the character of young men from around the country and around the world, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success. The Academy’s alumni include heads of state, key business leaders, professional athletes, accomplished artists, statesmen and politicians, and a variety of others who have made important contributions to a broad spectrum of society.

To learn more or to schedule a campus tour, call 1-800-752-2338 or visit www.sjnma.org.

St. John's Northwestern Military Academy
1101 Genesee St.
Delafield, WI 53018
(262) 646-7199


Old World Wisconsin - Open Daily May - September

2017 Season: Open Daily, May through September. See website for hours.

Stay in Delafield, but travel back in time to celebrate Wisconsin's harvest-time celebrations including Autumn on the Farm, Vintage Baseball, and an Old Time County Fair at this outdoor museum that recreates pioneer days. Old World Wisconsin is an outdoor interactive history museum that reenacts the life and times of 19th century Wisconsin pioneers and immigrants. On the grounds features 65 historic buildings each with engaging fully costumed volunteers who demonstrate hands on techniques and processes from the period.

For open days and hours, please visit their website.

Old World Wisconsin
W372 S9727 Hwy 67
Eagle, WI 53119
(262) 594-6301


Ten Chimneys - Tours April until November

Tours Tuesday through Sunday April - November - and for special events held throughout the year

This lovingly preserved home, which was the summer getaway of famous 1930s Broadway actors, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, is just minutes south of Delafield on Highway 83. The Lunts were, and still today, widely considered the greatest acting team in the history of American theatre. A living monument to theatre and the arts, Ten Chimneys is overflowing with personal mementos from the 20s, 30s and 40s, hand painted murals, and original furnishings. This world-class house museum is also a National Historic Landmark, “Save America’s Treasures” project site, and listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Full estate or main house only tours of Ten Chimneys are offered, rain or shine. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Individual public tours and group tours with group rates are available. For more information, visit the website or call the Ten Chimneys reservation phone at 262-968-4110. 

Tours and special events
Ten Chimneys
S43 W31575 Depot Road
Genesee Depot, WI



Nashotah House Theological Seminary

A seminary of the Episcopal Church in the Anglican Communion of Churches was established in 1842, becoming Wisconsin's oldest degree-granting institution. The Nashotah House serves students from traditions such as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, charismatic, and evangelical non-denominational. Call 262.646.6500 to plan your visit to the Nashotah House. Visitors can tour the beautiful campus, lake, library and historic chapels, and Christian fellowship. Visitors are also welcome to attend the twice-daily worship services, year round.

Nashotah House Seminary
2777 Mission Rd.
Nashotah, WI 53058
(262) 646-6500



 Cushing Memorial Park

At the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War in 1863, Delafield native First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing fell at the young age of 22. It was in on Memorial Day in 1915, Cushing Memorial Park was dedicated and a monument erected to honor Alonzo Cushing as well as his two heroic brothers, William and Howard. 






Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk

Walk the Veterans Memorial Riverwalk from Cushing Park to St. John's Pond as it winds for 3/4 of a mile along the Bark River. The Riverwalk memorializes the efforts of our armed forces with memorial sites including: Early American, Civil War, Spanish War, Vietnam, Korean, WWI, WWII.

The riverwalk also features two ecological information areas, a Peace Garden, and a Main West Entrance plaza and bridge near the Historic Fish Hatchery Building on the corner of Main and Dopkins Streets. 

Wisconsin Historical Markers Blog - See photos of not only the Veterans Memorial Riverwalk but many other historical landmarks found across the great State of Wisconsin!


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