The Milton House

Indian Heights

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One-hour tours lead guests through The Milton House’s hexagonal concrete inn, which was once a safe haven for runaway slaves

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Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.

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  • $12 for a 60-minute tour for four (up to a $24 value)
  • $16 for a 60-minute tour for six (up to a $36 value)

During the one-hour tour, visitors are led through the concrete inn, where they’re told stories and facts from its days as a station along the Underground Railroad. Afterwards, guests can peruse an onsite gift shop where vintage-style candy, Civil War-era toys, and handmade goods await.

Tours run every half-hour year round, and a lamplight-led Twilight Tour is available during September and October. All three floors of the inn are accessible by wheelchair, but the underground tunnel is not. The tour is normally $3 for kids aged 5–17 and free for kids 4 and younger.

The Milton House

According to historic record, no parts of the Underground Railroad are documented to have been located underground, except one. And that is where Milton House comes into play. Built in 1844 by Joseph Goodrich, an inn owner known for his stance against slavery, the structure’s underground tunnel led to a basement that became a safe place where runaway slaves could rest and hide away from prying eyes before finishing their journeys. Today, the hexagon-shaped building stands as one the oldest poured-concrete structures in the United States. Tours and exhibits send guests back in time to learn about Wisconsin’s role as a Northern state before the Civil War and how the Goodrich family secretly operated its safe haven.

Customer Reviews

It was a nice interesting piece of WI history.
Carl S. · November 26, 2016
Ive been on this tour multiple times - it really is a fascinating slice of history. My only frustration is that ive heard conflicting stories/explanations from different tour guides.
Tina W. · November 4, 2016
Great tour of the museum with the only tour of an underground passage that was actually a part of the Underground Railroad. Worth the trip. Glad I went.
Lorri W. · November 2, 2016
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    Indian Heights

    18 S Janesville St.

    Milton, WI 53563

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