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.
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Beautifully records the decorating trends of the late Victorian & early 20th centuries. Hixon House is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day Tuesday - Saturday 10am-2pm (last tour starts at 2pm). Group tours are available year round. Are you looking for a tour for your scouting group or classroom? Give us a call to schedule those too! At the door Hixon House ticket pricing: Adults $10 Senior (62 & up) $8 Students $6 Tickets are available online or at the Museum. (Online ticketing available at www.LCHShistory.org and includes $1 fee per ticket) Call the LCHS Offices at (608)782-1980 to plan your trip!

Operating as usual

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

07/02/2020
Ellen Hixon's garden at  Historic Hixon House has some beautiful flowers this year!
06/16/2020

Ellen Hixon's garden at Historic Hixon House has some beautiful flowers this year!

In order to better protect our visitors and docents, Hixon House will be open only by appointment this year. To learn mo...
06/12/2020
La Crosse County Historical Society

In order to better protect our visitors and docents, Hixon House will be open only by appointment this year.
To learn more, or to schedule a tour, please call our office at 608-782-1980 or visit our website, www.lchshistory.org.

La Crosse County history preserved and presented for the public

Historic Hixon House's cover photo
05/29/2020

Historic Hixon House's cover photo

05/29/2020

In response to the threat of transmission of COVID-19, LCHS museums, including Historic Hixon House, are presently closed. They are scheduled to reopen on July 1, in accordance with recommendations from the La Crosse County Department of Health. Please check our website www.lchshistory.org or call our offices 608-782-1980 to plan your visit.

There is a reproduction of this sign in the kitchen window at Hixon House. Ice was delivered through a special waist-hig...
05/23/2020
Things That Matter: Staying cool with an ice card

There is a reproduction of this sign in the kitchen window at Hixon House. Ice was delivered through a special waist-high little door straight into a walk-in cooler.

A card like this one from the John Jahnke Ice Company was once seen in the window of almost every La Crosse home.

Important advice for going forward.La Crosse County Historical Society and Historic Hixon House value the safety of our ...
05/15/2020
COVID19

Important advice for going forward.
La Crosse County Historical Society and Historic Hixon House value the safety of our volunteers and visitors and will only re-open in a thoughtful and safe manner.

La Crosse County Coronavirus Updates

Sherwin Williams featured Hixon House in its publication for painting contractors!
01/08/2020
For the Duration: Restoring the Historic 1858 Hixon House

Sherwin Williams featured Hixon House in its publication for painting contractors!

When you’ve been hired to restore a 160-year-old building, you want the best products and surface prep to ensure a long- lasting paint job. This was the challenge Parcher’s Painting and Home Improv…

This weekend is your last chance to see the Hixon Holiday Showcase and shop the musuem gift shop with a 10% discount. An...
12/07/2019

This weekend is your last chance to see the Hixon Holiday Showcase and shop the musuem gift shop with a 10% discount. And the sun is shining: snow isn't in the forecast until Monday. Get out and enjoy yourselves this weekend!

Don't miss your chance to see Historic Hixon House decorated for the Holidays! Hixon House will be open this weekend, December 7 & 8, from 12-3 PM with live music, seasonal refreshments, and an activity for children.

Photo: Phil S Addis

Great Christmas gifts that benefit LCHS and Historic Hixon House. 15% off, today only!
12/01/2019

Great Christmas gifts that benefit LCHS and Historic Hixon House. 15% off, today only!

Get 15% off today only at the Historic Hixon House Gift Shop between 12 and 3 pm.

Come hear live music, eat cookies, shop the museum shop and admire the holiday fancy-ness. But most of all, marvel at th...
11/30/2019
Things That Matter: Hixon House sitting room wallpaper

Come hear live music, eat cookies, shop the museum shop and admire the holiday fancy-ness. But most of all, marvel at the beauty of the region's premier historic house museum.

Wallpaper: Could anything be more boring? And, is it even an artifact? Can’t you just go buy more of the same thing? No, yes and maybe.

For Historic Downtown Day 2019, La Crosse County Historical Society will be offering $1 off the admission price for Hist...
10/11/2019

For Historic Downtown Day 2019, La Crosse County Historical Society will be offering $1 off the admission price for Historic Hixon House Saturday, October 12, 10 am-2 pm.

Are you searching for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further! La Crosse County Historical Society's Historic ...
09/20/2019

Are you searching for something fun to do this weekend? Look no further! La Crosse County Historical Society's Historic Hixon House Museum will be open this Saturday, September 21, 10 am-2 pm.
Photo: Gideon Hixon's Library

Address

429 7th St N
La Crosse, WI
54601

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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