Evansville boasts some
of Wisconsin's finest historic architecture in many different
styles - including Queen Anne, Victorian, Italianate, Stick,
and Greek Revival. The Wisconsin State Historical
Society has described Evansville as "the finest collection of
1840s to 1915 architecture of any small town in Wisconsin."
Re-installation of the
original brick-paved Main Street is a signature revitalization
project. Many downtown business owners have undertaken
major building restorations, with several projects receiving
Local History Museum
The Evansville Grove Society, the local
history organization, recently relocated the Baker
Manufacturing Company Office Building to the North Madison
Street entrance of Leonard-Leota Park. The building has been
restored to serve as the office for the society and as a local
history museum and visitors center. Recently, a vintage Baker
Monitor windmill, donated by Baker Manufacturing Company, was
installed at the visitors center.
Evansville’s colorful history is celebrated
with revolving exhibits of community treasures and events.
From entrepreneurial inventions and early commercial
enterprise to local circus lore and years of hosting the Rock
County Fair, Evansville takes pride in decades of community
vitality and sense of place. More
info at the Grove
Historical Walking Tour
A Historical and Architectural
Walking Tour booklet has
been prepared by the Evansville Historic Preservation
Commission. The booklet easily fits in your purse or back
pocket as you tour the city. Copies are
available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce, Visitors
Center, and businesses throughout town.
on-line version of the tour is also available. And a
shortened version of the tour is printed in the Choice
Destination visitors brochure for added
guides to become acquainted with the
heritage architecture of this unique Wisconsin community. It
lists the addresses, detailed descriptions, and histories of
architecturally significant homes and buildings around the
Evansville in the Civil War
Evansville and the surronding area has
connections to the Civil War, including several military
recruiting sites and an underground railroad stop.
Links of Interest:
Byron Campbell, Pioneer Days of Evansville & Vicinity
Pioneer days of Evansville and Vicinity (Evansville,
WI.: R.M. Antes Press, 1915).
was a reprint of a series of articles that were printed in the
Both the book and the
Evansville Review were published by Evansville's Antes
Press. Pioneer Days
seventeen chapters about the early history of Evansville,
Cooksville, Fulton, and Albany with photographs, 63 pages.
Montgomery, History of Union Township, Rock County, Wiscosin
108 pages. Local historian Ruth Ann
Montgomery wrote a very detailed history of 117 years of Union
Township, which was printed in the Evansville Review.
Evansville's Century of Progress: A Summary of the
City's Centennial Celebration, July 2-3-4, 1939
(Evansville Review: Evansville, WI.,
1939), 64 pages. The Centennial publication contains historical
articles, many photographs, and advertisements of Evansville
businesses in 1939.
Other Books of Interest Booklist