Williams Sanatorium

Gothic-Revival Architecture: St. Croix County’s Rare Gems

A steeply pitched roof, arched windows, and decorated bargeboards mark the telltale signs of Gothic Revival architecture. This unique form of architecture was never as popular as the Italianate or Greek Revival styles in St. Croix County, but we do hold some of the most beautiful examples. Gothic architecture is most

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New Local Historic Publication

Local author, Kristina Boucher, gives insight on her recent publication, “Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley.”   “Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley” is a local historic publication set in the St. Croix River Valley. My book aims to explore the region’s agricultural history and further analyze why

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St. Croix County Insane Asylum, New Richmond WI

St. Croix County Insane Asylum

In the late 1800s and early 1900s a now illegal practice was once quite common – requiring capable institutionalized patients to work on asylum grounds. St. Croix County was not foreign to this idea; the St. Croix County Asylum operated a 667 acre farm that was run by its patients.

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Orson Fowler's book "The Octagon House: A Home for All"

Fowler, Phrenology, and Architecture

Orson Squire Fowler: A man renowned in the Victorian era for his wide range of expertise including studies in phrenology, architecture, and even more surprising for the era, sex manuals. Fowler’s ideas fit perfectly with the Victorian era’s culture of reform and individual betterment. Buried in an unmarked grave in

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