The Milton House

Indian Heights

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On tours of Milton House, visitors learn how the Goodrich family secretly operated a safe haven for slaves before the Civil War

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A house says a lot about its owner, as evidenced by Galileo's collection of telescopes and Benjamin Franklin's drawer full of "No, I wasn't a president" T-shirts. Take a peek inside history with this Groupon.

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  • $12 for a one-hour tour of Milton House for four ($24 value)
  • $16 for a one-hour tour of Milton House for six ($36 value)

The Milton House Museum is a historic building that was part of the Underground Railroad. Tours teach visitors about the historic passageways and history of the building itself, which is the oldest poured-concrete structure in the United States. The first available tours begin on Saturday, May 25, and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on select Friday evenings (June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22), with new tours beginning every 30 minutes.

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

My grandkids really enjoyed the tour. It is very educational
Penelope L. · August 25, 2014
Excellent tour with a very patient guide. Well worth the drive and the money.
Jane F. · August 11, 2014
They give a very nice tour. They allow you time to look thing over without rushing you.
Margaret S. · August 9, 2014

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