Octagon House Museum - St. Croix County Historical Society

Octagon House Museum - St. Croix County Historical Society The SCCHS maintains the restored Octagon House Museum with Victorian-era furnishings. The complex includes the Garden House with its 19th century life and the Carriage House with Gift Shop & Research Center.
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Victorian House
11/29/2019

Victorian House

Octagon House

Come see us on December 6th!
11/28/2019

Come see us on December 6th!

Mark your calendars for the kick-off to this holiday season's events in Hudson, WI!-

*Light Up Night Downtown-https://members.hudsonwi.org/events/details/light-up-night-14498
*Buena Vista: A Stroll in the Park-https://members.hudsonwi.org/events/details/buena-vista-a-stroll-in-the-park-14546?calendarMonth=2019-11-01
*Candlelight Stroll-https://members.hudsonwi.org/events/details/candlelight-stroll-14499
*Santa and His Critters- https://members.hudsonwi.org/events/details/santa-and-his-critters-14500

*Shop Small all Season Long!
Creative Boutiques, Quaint Merchants, Unique Hidden Gems, Shopping, Dining, Entertainment, Arts, Comfy Lodging, and more.... It's all here in Hudson!

Photo Credit: Sobottka Photography

We are closed for tours until Dec 6th. Please join us for Victorian Light Up Night, Dec 6th, 6-8pm.  $10 per person. We ...
11/26/2019

We are closed for tours until Dec 6th. Please join us for Victorian Light Up Night, Dec 6th, 6-8pm. $10 per person. We will reopen for regular tours Dec 7 & 8, 11am-3pm. See you soon!

We are ready & can’t wait to see you and your friends!**#hudsonwi #octagonhouse #Christmas #tourofhomes #christmastourof...
11/23/2019

We are ready & can’t wait to see you and your friends!
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#hudsonwi #octagonhouse #Christmas #tourofhomes #christmastourofhomes #history #museum #wisconsin #discoverwi #discoverhudsonwi @discoverhudsonwi @discoverwisconsin #victorian #moffatfamily

Some more great gift ideas, or simply to bring dazzle to your home!  The gift shop is open this weekend & every weekend ...
11/22/2019

Some more great gift ideas, or simply to bring dazzle to your home! The gift shop is open this weekend & every weekend in December! See you soon!

Are you looking for a unique gift for that special someone?  We have it!  Make sure to stop by our gift shop this weeken...
11/22/2019

Are you looking for a unique gift for that special someone? We have it! Make sure to stop by our gift shop this weekend & the first 3 weekends in December to get the most perfect gifts!
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#giftshop #octagonhouse #tourofhomes #christmas #hudsonwi #museum #history #shopping #fun #doeonthego #christmasshopping #gifts @ Octagon House

A beautiful walking dress from The Met
11/19/2019
House of Worth | Walking dress | French | The Met

A beautiful walking dress from The Met

The bustle silhouette, although primarily associated with the second half of the 19th century, originated in earlier fashions as a simple bump at the back of the dress, such as with late 17th-early 18th century mantuas and late 18th- early 19th century Empire dresses. The full-blown bustle silhouett...

This is the style of dress popular when the Octagon House Museum was built in 1855.  Ladies, imagine this!
11/18/2019

This is the style of dress popular when the Octagon House Museum was built in 1855. Ladies, imagine this!

Housedress [Summer day dress ], white cotton printed with lavender, 1850-1860

Description:
1850-1860. White cotton and lavender-striped and dotted printed housedress [?, it's a summer day dress], one piece, buttoned with a front opening to the floor, full-length loose sleeves and a floor-length, gathered skirt.

The bodice has a three-part yoke that fits smoothly across the shoulders to along the top of the bust, and is completed with three rectangular lengths of fabric gathered to the yoke in front and back and then to the top of a 3.8 cm / 1.5 in. waistband. The fabric at the sides beneath the arms is smooth. The neck is high and the shoulders are dropped. The waistline is slightly high and round. The dress opens fully from neck to floor, buttoned with thirteen purple and white buttons, seven of them on the bodice, and with two hooks and eyes at the waist.

The full-length sleeves fit the scye smoothly and flare slightly toward the wrist. Two ruffles finish the hem of the sleeves.

The skirt is floor-length, slightly longer in back, constructed of five straight panels 80 cm / 31.5 in. wide, sewn selvedge to selvedge. The fabric is tightly gathered to the bottom of the waistband.

The bodice has a white cotton lining only in the yoke and directly under the arms to the waist, and as a small cap sleeve inside. The skirt is unlined.

Piping of the same fabric finishes the neck, yoke edge, and bottom of the waistband. Self-fabric ruffles used horizontally on the sleeves makes the printed stripes resemble trim. The waistband fabric is also used horizontally for visual emphasis. Hand-sewn.

Extent:
Bust: approx. 91.4 cm / 36 in.
Waist: 76.2 cm / 30 in.
Sleeve: 50.8 cm / 20 in.
Shoulder Seam: 20.3 cm / 8 in.
Hem: 396.2 cm / 156 in.
Length of skirt (front): 100.3 cm / 39.5 in. Length of skirt (back): 108 cm / 42.5 in.

Provenance: Gift of Mary Pepperrell Ffrost Sawyer

Museum Number: 100

Publisher: University of New Hampshire Library

Contributor: Astrida Schaeffer, photographer/curator

Irma G. Bowen Historic Clothing Collection, University of New Hampshire

19th Century Fashion. Which year is your favorite?
11/18/2019

19th Century Fashion. Which year is your favorite?

Another beautiful dress!  Please let us know if you’d like to see more of these
11/14/2019

Another beautiful dress! Please let us know if you’d like to see more of these

On this #Victorian #FashionFriday, we pause to admire an American Afternoon Dress, circa 1892. Finely crafted of cinnamon brown wool, this luxurious dress features leg of mutton sleeves and fur trim.

Image Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Do you know anyone who would love our page? Please invite & share us with your friends!  We would LOVE to hit 1000 follo...
11/14/2019

Do you know anyone who would love our page? Please invite & share us with your friends! We would LOVE to hit 1000 followers!

Don’t forget!  The Octagon House Museum has moved from the Victorian age to the Digital age!  Give us a follow on Instag...
11/11/2019

Don’t forget! The Octagon House Museum has moved from the Victorian age to the Digital age! Give us a follow on Instagram & see things that aren’t always posted here on Facebook!

Did you know that your membership dues help support the care an maintenance of the Octagon House museum & more?Plus, One...
11/10/2019
Membership

Did you know that your membership dues help support the care an maintenance of the Octagon House museum & more?
Plus, One free museum tour with your paid annual membership;
Notification of meetings and special events;
A 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop items; and
A spring and fall issue of The Bulletin (the Historical Society's newsletter).

http://www.stcroixcountyhistory.org/membership/

Join St. Croix County Historical SocietyMembership dues help support programs, and the development and maintenance of the Octagon House Museum complex.St. Croix County Historical Society memberships are open to any interested individuals, groups or businesses.Individual & Family Membership Leve

Just like any good Victorian lady, it takes a while to get dressed!We are closed for tours until The Christmas Tour of H...
11/08/2019

Just like any good Victorian lady, it takes a while to get dressed!
We are closed for tours until The Christmas Tour of Homes, Nov 23 & 24. We will host a Christmas tea on Dec 5th. We will reopen for our special Victorian Christmas Night, December 6th. Then regular tours starting on Dec 7th Please check our upcoming events on how to register!

Are you looking over their shoulder?
11/04/2019

Are you looking over their shoulder?

Did you drop by the Octagon House on Halloween?  Thank you to Mel Brando Bowman for this beautiful picture!
11/03/2019

Did you drop by the Octagon House on Halloween? Thank you to Mel Brando Bowman for this beautiful picture!

The spire is on its way back up!  Thank you to Micheal phernetton for helping us re-install it!**#octagonhouse #hudsonwi...
10/31/2019

The spire is on its way back up! Thank you to Micheal phernetton for helping us re-install it!
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#octagonhouse #hudsonwi #history #spire #museum #wisconsin #victorian #blueskies @ Octagon House

10/30/2019
The school of historical dress

What a beautiful dress!

CLAIRE THORNTON MOVING IN THE RECONSTRUCTED 1862 DAY DRESS AT OUR EVENING EVENT LED BY LUCA COSTIGLIOLO LAST FRIDAY #1862 #1862fashion #lucacostigliolo #crinoline #crinolinedress #historicaldress #historicalsewing #corset #corsets #hoopskirt

The Octagon House Museum has gone from the Victorian age to the Digital Age!  Swing over to Instagram & give us a follow...
10/25/2019

The Octagon House Museum has gone from the Victorian age to the Digital Age! Swing over to Instagram & give us a follow!! We have some fun things on there that you won’t find anywhere else!

Stop by this Friday or Saturday before we close for the season!  We will re-open December 7th for a Dicken’s Christmas!
10/24/2019

Stop by this Friday or Saturday before we close for the season! We will re-open December 7th for a Dicken’s Christmas!

One step closer with the one hour dress
10/19/2019

One step closer with the one hour dress

Making dresses. Come visit us at the Octagon House next summer to see this finished products and learn all about women g...
10/19/2019

Making dresses. Come visit us at the Octagon House next summer to see this finished products and learn all about women gaining the right to vote.

North Hudson third graders came to visit us today to learn about the Moffat family and Hudson history
10/18/2019

North Hudson third graders came to visit us today to learn about the Moffat family and Hudson history

10/13/2019

We had an amazing surprise visit from John & Nancy Moffat’s Great Granddaughter today! She remembered playing in the home as a little girl and gave us so much interesting information!

Come over to the the Octagon House today for artisan demonstrations, like Naomi rosemaling in the kitchen
10/12/2019

Come over to the the Octagon House today for artisan demonstrations, like Naomi rosemaling in the kitchen

The artists are here!  Time to stop by. Try a demo with an antique Singer sewing machine!
10/12/2019

The artists are here! Time to stop by. Try a demo with an antique Singer sewing machine!

Dress for the 20’s!  The weather and the years!  The house is warm & the artisans have plenty of beautiful goods for you...
10/12/2019

Dress for the 20’s! The weather and the years! The house is warm & the artisans have plenty of beautiful goods for you to see! Stop by today from 10-4pm!

10/11/2019

A stop into our gift shop!

Discover Hudson WI
10/11/2019

Discover Hudson WI

Historic Hudson Welcomes You!

#historicdistrict #stcroixrivervalley #hudsonwi #yellowstonetrail #stcroixyellowstonetrail #yellowstonetrailheritageday #history #heritage #historic #stcroixcountyhistoricalsociety #discoverhudsonwi #hudsonwisconsin

St Croix County Yellowstone Trail
10/03/2019

St Croix County Yellowstone Trail

Check out the Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day schedule of events.

Event Sponsors Needed!  We are planning community events next year and are looking for monetary sponsors  Please let us ...
09/26/2019

Event Sponsors Needed! We are planning community events next year and are looking for monetary sponsors Please let us know if you are interested! We have several opportunities

09/24/2019
River Channel Hudson/North Hudson Community Access Television

Check out the Western Wisconsin Journal program about the Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day set for Saturday, October 12. AS part of the celebration, join us at the Octagon House Museum from 10 - 4 for an artisan fair.

Mark your calendar—Yellowstone Trail Heritage Day is Saturday, October 12. Vintage and Classic Car Show starts the day in Hudson. Lots of family fun with history events in Hudson, Roberts, Hammond and Baldwin.

09/21/2019

All antiques are half price today. Hurry over to the Octagon House Vintage & Variety Fundraiser Sale for some great treasures!

We are happy to take part in the Houlton Art Bench Celebration this beautiful breezy morning
09/21/2019

We are happy to take part in the Houlton Art Bench Celebration this beautiful breezy morning

Get Out And Try - St. Croix Valley
09/20/2019

Get Out And Try - St. Croix Valley

So many fun options to Get Out And Try this weekend! ☺️ We've pulled together a few ideas for you.💡

What else is happening in the Valley? 🍁🕶 What will you Get Out And Try this weekend? Leave us a comment!

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#Getoutandtry

Our big sale this weekend is Free Will Donation & some prices as marked, BUT did you know we can take CREDIT CARDS??? No...
09/19/2019

Our big sale this weekend is Free Will Donation & some prices as marked, BUT did you know we can take CREDIT CARDS??? Now your shopping has just gotten easier!

Antiques priced to sell and selling fast. Hurry over to the Octagon House for some super finds!
09/19/2019

Antiques priced to sell and selling fast. Hurry over to the Octagon House for some super finds!

Look at this great piece!  Imagine this with wine glass rack & ready to entertain!
09/19/2019

Look at this great piece! Imagine this with wine glass rack & ready to entertain!

So many great finds!  Stop by!
09/19/2019

So many great finds! Stop by!

What treasures will you find today?  How about a Cole Haan & Tiganello purse!!  Free will offering
09/19/2019

What treasures will you find today? How about a Cole Haan & Tiganello purse!! Free will offering

09/19/2019

Vintage & Variety Yard Sale

Vintage and Variety sale TODAY at the Octagon House
09/19/2019

Vintage and Variety sale TODAY at the Octagon House

The holidays are coming (gulp!) get ready to entertain with these beautiful glass sets!  Stop by Thursday through Saturd...
09/18/2019

The holidays are coming (gulp!) get ready to entertain with these beautiful glass sets! Stop by Thursday through Saturday to grab them

Take a spin on over to the Octagon House Vintage & Variety Sale starring at 8am on Thursday, September 19th
09/18/2019

Take a spin on over to the Octagon House Vintage & Variety Sale starring at 8am on Thursday, September 19th

Address

1004 3rd St
Hudson, WI
54016

General information

Open for Walk-in Tours: May - October & December Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tours begin on the hour with the last tour starting at 3:00 p.m. The Gift Shop is open to the public during tour hours. Christmas Tours: December 1st - 16th (Weekends only)

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(715) 386-2654

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