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Historic Evansville

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 preservation awards.


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 Society website....

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.

An 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 convenience.

Use these 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 city.

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.  More information...


Links of Interest:

Byron Campbell, Pioneer Days of Evansville & Vicinity

Byron Campbell, Pioneer days of Evansville and Vicinity (Evansville, WI.: R.M. Antes Press, 1915). Pioneer Days was a reprint of a series of articles that were printed in the Evansville Review. Both the book and the Evansville Review were published by Evansville's Antes Press. Pioneer Days contains seventeen chapters about the early history of Evansville, Cooksville, Fulton, and Albany with photographs, 63 pages.

Ruth Ann Montgomery, History of Union Township, Rock County, Wiscosin (1839-1956)

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.

Evansville Other Books of Interest Booklist



Evansville's beautiful Historic District offers a display of "the finest collection of 1840's to 1915 architecture of any small town in Wisconsin," according to the Wisconsin State Historical Society.


Local History Museum 

The Baker Office Building has been re-located to the entrance of Leonard-Leota Park and restored as a Local History Museum and Visitors Center.

The historic district includes the downtown area on Main Street.

608-882-2266 ph • Evansville City Hall• PO Box 76 • 31 S. Madison St. • Evansville, WI 53536