Historic Hixon House

Historic Hixon House An historic house museum with a remarkable 90% original furnishings, left by the Hixon family when they donated the house to the La Crosse County Historical Society.

Beautifully records the decorating trends of the late Victorian & early 20th centuries.

Operating as usual

07/02/2021
07/01/2021

It's #NationalGingersnapDay!

📷: A gingersnap recipe from Ellen Hixon's 1904 recipe book.

Thank you WisCorps - Wisconsin Conservation Corps, Inc. Mayor's Crew for working hard at Hixon House this afternoon!
06/25/2021

Thank you WisCorps - Wisconsin Conservation Corps, Inc. Mayor's Crew for working hard at Hixon House this afternoon!

Thank you WisCorps - Wisconsin Conservation Corps, Inc. Mayor's Crew for working hard at Hixon House this afternoon!

Hixon House docents volunteered to spend a day working in the formal garden. They weeded and pruned until we could actua...
05/24/2021

Hixon House docents volunteered to spend a day working in the formal garden. They weeded and pruned until we could actually see all the peonies that were about to pop!

La Crosse County Historical Society is launching a new program for the training and development of interpretive guides t...
05/07/2021
La Crosse County Historical Society launching new training program for tour guides this summer

La Crosse County Historical Society is launching a new program for the training and development of interpretive guides to work as volunteers in our historic house museum, Historic Hixon House, and to give guided tours on buses such as the historic trolley, cruise boat tours, and other private tour companies. Applications are being accepted till June 1, with the expectation that graduates will be ready to start giving tours in either Hixon House or on buses by the middle of July. To apply, visit our website www.lchshistory.org

https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/history/la-crosse-county-historical-society-launching-new-training-program-for-tour-guides-this-summer/article_21c60743-d86b-5b2d-9a30-08562b9d8672.html

The La Crosse County Historical Society will begin training its tour guides this summer through a new program as it gears up for another season of historical tours and events.

🌸 #springhassprung
04/27/2021

🌸 #springhassprung

🌸 #springhassprung

Photos from La Crosse County Historical Society's post
04/26/2021

Photos from La Crosse County Historical Society's post

#EarthDay In 1909 plans were made to cut timber from the face and top of Grandad Bluff and turn it into a quarry to supp...
04/22/2021

#EarthDay

In 1909 plans were made to cut timber from the face and top of Grandad Bluff and turn it into a quarry to supply the Burlington Railroad.

Work on Grandad Bluff proceeded quickly. Quarrymen blasted rock and cut timber. The bluff started to look burned over. A railroad tramway on the west face of Grandad brought rock to the foot of the bluff, where a stone crusher pounded it into road gravel.

Then blasting began on the bluff’s southern side. People began to realize that Grandad, a symbol of the city of La Crosse, could be destroyed. There was a movement to save the bluff, spearheaded by Ellen Hixon and her son Joseph. They raised funds to purchase the property and donated it to the city as a park. Ellen Hixon donated $15,000.

Images: La Crosse Tribune: November 9, 1912, and July 21, 1938

Photos from La Crosse County Historical Society's post
03/26/2021

Photos from La Crosse County Historical Society's post

Happy #WhyILoveMuseums Day!"When I first visited the Hixon House, I saw all the items that were once touched and used by...
03/24/2021

Happy #WhyILoveMuseums Day!

"When I first visited the Hixon House, I saw all the items that were once touched and used by my great grandfather, Joseph, and his parents and siblings. Walking through their house transported me back in time, and I could easily picture this active family of five boys running through the front door, while their father Gideon sat working at his desk nearby. I could envision my great, great grandmother Ellen planning her Turkish nook, and imagine the joy she had in it, and in her garden. Just being amongst the original trappings of a 19th century home provides an exciting peek into a different era. For me, this visit was a firsthand look at my own family roots, too." ~Devon Geiger Nielsen, Hixon Family Descendant

Photo: Ellen Hixon's Garden at Historic Hixon House

Happy #WhyILoveMuseums Day!

"When I first visited the Hixon House, I saw all the items that were once touched and used by my great grandfather, Joseph, and his parents and siblings. Walking through their house transported me back in time, and I could easily picture this active family of five boys running through the front door, while their father Gideon sat working at his desk nearby. I could envision my great, great grandmother Ellen planning her Turkish nook, and imagine the joy she had in it, and in her garden. Just being amongst the original trappings of a 19th century home provides an exciting peek into a different era. For me, this visit was a firsthand look at my own family roots, too." ~Devon Geiger Nielsen, Hixon Family Descendant

Photo: Ellen Hixon's Garden at Historic Hixon House

Docent Jean Lund prepares to give a tour to a family group. Lots of smiles under those masks!Don't forget, Hixon House i...
01/27/2021

Docent Jean Lund prepares to give a tour to a family group. Lots of smiles under those masks!
Don't forget, Hixon House is open for pre-scheduled small group tours! To schedule your tour call the office at 608-782-1980 or visit our website, www.lchshistory.org.

Docent Jean Lund prepares to give a tour to a family group. Lots of smiles under those masks!
Don't forget, Hixon House is open for pre-scheduled small group tours! To schedule your tour call the office at 608-782-1980 or visit our website, www.lchshistory.org.

Tours of Historic Hixon House are available by appointment only for household groups of 6 or less. Masks and social dist...
01/22/2021

Tours of Historic Hixon House are available by appointment only for household groups of 6 or less. Masks and social distancing are required. Call 608-782-1980 or visit lchshistory.org to book your private tour.

Tours of Historic Hixon House are available by appointment only for household groups of 6 or less. Masks and social distancing are required. Call 608-782-1980 or visit lchshistory.org to book your private tour.

Here's the second holiday recipe from Ellen Hixon's 1904 cookbook: Brod Torte.Ingredients:13 eggs separated1 ½ cups suga...
12/16/2020

Here's the second holiday recipe from Ellen Hixon's 1904 cookbook: Brod Torte.

Ingredients:

13 eggs separated
1 ½ cups sugar
1 lemon (juice and grated rind)
1 ¼ cups dry unseeded rye bread crumbs
¼ brandy
½ cup candied fruit (citron or fruit cake mix)
¼ chopped almonds or walnuts
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions:

1. Soak rye bread crumbs in the brandy
2. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
3. In a large bowl, beat together egg yolks, sugar, and lemon juice.
4. Mix in the dry ingredients and then the bread crumbs, grated lemon rind, candied fruit, and nuts.
5. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites until very stiff.
6. Carefully fold the beaten egg whites into the batter.
7. Pour batter into three greased 5x9 inch loaf pans.
8. Bake for approximately 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Tag us if you make it! Stay tuned for a few more holiday recipes from Mrs. Hixon!

Here's the first holiday recipe from Ellen Hixon's 1904 cookbook: Peppermint Creams. 🍬Ingredients:2 cups granulated suga...
12/15/2020

Here's the first holiday recipe from Ellen Hixon's 1904 cookbook: Peppermint Creams. 🍬

Ingredients:
2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup of milk
7 drops of peppermint oil

Directions:
1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a heavy saucepan
2. Boil for 5 minutes
3. When taken off of the stove, stir to a cream and set in a pan of hot water to prevent hardening.
4. Spoon drops onto waxed paper and let cool. Candies will remain chewy.

Tag us if you make it! Stay tuned for a few more holiday recipes from Mrs. Hixon!

Thinking about all of the holiday treats that were made on this stove! Stay tuned for a sneak peek at some of Ellen Hixo...
12/15/2020

Thinking about all of the holiday treats that were made on this stove! Stay tuned for a sneak peek at some of Ellen Hixon's holiday recipes this week!

Have you gone past Historic Hixon House in the evening? The exterior is ready for the holiday season, too! Holiday Tours...
12/08/2020

Have you gone past Historic Hixon House in the evening? The exterior is ready for the holiday season, too!

Holiday Tours are available by appointment only for household groups of 6 or less. Call 608-782-1980 or visit lchshistory.org to book your private tour.

📷 Phil S Addis Photography & Video

Historic Hixon House
12/04/2020

Historic Hixon House

La Crosse County Historical Society
12/01/2020

La Crosse County Historical Society

Join the LCHS Board of Directors & give back. Now more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference.

The LCHS Board is offering up to a $3,000 match for Giving Tuesday donations to the La Crosse County Historical Society.
https://www.lchshistory.org/donate-2020

La Crosse County Historical Society
12/01/2020

La Crosse County Historical Society

Join the LCHS Board of Directors & give back. Now more than ever, we are called upon to make a difference.

The LCHS Board is offering up to a $3,000 match for Giving Tuesday donations to the La Crosse County Historical Society.

https://www.lchshistory.org/donate-2020

Historic Hixon House is decorated for the holidays! 🎄Plan your holiday visit today by visiting our website http://www.lc...
11/30/2020

Historic Hixon House is decorated for the holidays! 🎄
Plan your holiday visit today by visiting our website http://www.lchshistory.org/hixon-house or calling the La Crosse County Historical Society at 608-782-1980.
For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, we have implemented the following:
‣Tours must be booked 48 hours in advance and prepaid.
‣Visitor groups must be household groups with a maximum of six individuals.
‣Visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear masks and social distance.
‣If anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Historic Hixon House's cover photo
11/29/2020

Historic Hixon House's cover photo

#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power ...
11/29/2020

#GivingTuesday is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity⁠⁠—to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal. Join us on December 1, 2020, and show your support for the La Crosse County Historical Society and its two public museums, Historic Hixon House, and the La Crosse Area Heritage Center.

Historic Hixon House
11/29/2020

Historic Hixon House

Historic Hixon House is decorated for the holidays! 🎄Plan your holiday visit today by visiting our website http://www.lc...
11/24/2020

Historic Hixon House is decorated for the holidays! 🎄

Plan your holiday visit today by visiting our website http://www.lchshistory.org/hixon-house or calling the La Crosse County Historical Society at 608-782-1980.

For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, we have implemented the following:
‣Tours must be booked 48 hours in advance and prepaid.
‣Visitor groups must be household groups with a maximum of six individuals.
‣Visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear masks and social distance.
‣If anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

La Crosse County Historical Society
11/23/2020

La Crosse County Historical Society

𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐚 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐲 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐲 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫!

LCHS needs your help to stay healthy through this pandemic! Please support LCHS, Historic Hixon House, and the La Crosse Area Heritage Center! https://www.lchshistory.org/donate-2020

La Crosse County Historical Society
11/11/2020

La Crosse County Historical Society

The La Crosse County Historical Society needs your help to stay healthy through this pandemic! Please support LCHS, Historic Hixon House, and the La Crosse Area Heritage Center! https://www.lchshistory.org/donate-2020

Did you know that Alice Green Hixon allowed Hixon House to be used as a dormitory after World War II?Hixon House was use...
08/04/2020

Did you know that Alice Green Hixon allowed Hixon House to be used as a dormitory after World War II?
Hixon House was used as a dormitory for three years starting in 1946 for female students from the La Crosse Vocational School and the La Crosse State Teachers College.
These photos from the late 1940s show the young women enjoying their living quarters.

Did you know that Historic Hixon House Museum has Gideon and Ellen Hixon's original Victorian and Arts and Crafts furnis...
07/29/2020

Did you know that Historic Hixon House Museum has Gideon and Ellen Hixon's original Victorian and Arts and Crafts furnishings? In 1965, Alice Green Hixon donated the house complete with its contents to the La Crosse County Historical Society.

Photo: Ellen Hixon seated in the formal parlor of her home, circa 1907

07/18/2020

The Enduring Family Project is filming in Hixon House! The house is a stand-in for the Easton mansion, and they are filming the story of George Poage, the first African American Olympic medalist, who grew up in La Crosse.

La Crosse County Historical Society
07/18/2020

La Crosse County Historical Society

The Enduring Family Project is filming in Hixon House! The house is a stand-in for the Easton mansion, and they are filming the story of George Poage, the first African American Olympic medalist, who grew up in La Crosse.

Historic Hixon House is open for scheduled tours! Plan your visit today by visiting our website http://www.lchshistory.o...
07/16/2020

Historic Hixon House is open for scheduled tours!

Plan your visit today by visiting our website http://www.lchshistory.org/hixon-house or calling the La Crosse County Historical Society at 608-782-1980.

For the safety of our volunteers, staff, and visitors, we have implemented the following:

‣Tours must be booked 48 hours in advance.
‣Visitor groups must be household groups with a maximum of six individuals.
‣Visitors, volunteers, and staff are required to wear masks and social distance.
‣If anyone is showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

Picture: Gideon Hixon's Library

Address

429 7th St N
La Crosse, WI
54601

Opening Hours

Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
Sunday 10am - 2pm

Telephone

+16087821980

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Our Story

Historic Hixon House was built in 1858 by pioneer Gideon Hixon, who went on to become a wealthy lumber baron in La Crosse. He and his wife Ellen raised their five sons in this home and expanded it to the size it is today. In 1965, their descendants gifted the house to LCHS, complete with its original Victorian and Arts and Crafts furnishings. Our knowledgeable docents will guide through this piece of La Crosse history.

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