The Markesan and Grand River Valley area abounds with rich history and exciting social and cultural events to interest and educate the young and old alike. Here’s a sampling to explore:
Grand River Valley Museum & Train Depot
Collecting, archiving, and sharing the area’s history since 1991, the Grand River Valley Museum & Train Depot houses the largest and arguably the best collection of local and area artifacts in three separate buildings covering more than 12,000 square feet (with additional space being added soon).
Visit the restored Utley Depot which dates to the early 1880s, wander through the authentic depot agent’s office, and check out the working telegraph. The well-curated displays and the friendly docents make this museum a true gem right here in our community.
The Grand River Valley Museum & Train Depot is located at 214 E John Street in downtown Markesan and is open every Saturday, May through September, from 1-4pm or by appointment by calling (920) 398-3359 or (920) 398-2719.
Fairwater School Museum
Just east of Markesan, the Fairwater School Museum offers visitors an opportunity to explore the collective history of the area’s families, hometown heroes, and the nearby Utley Quarry. Operated by the Fairwater Historical Society in the former Fairwater Public School, the museum features an extensive and ever-expanding collection of artifacts from Fairwater’s intriguing past.
The Fairwater School Museum is located at 106 Main Street, Fairwater, and is open to the public from 1-3pm on Saturdays, May through September, or by appointment by calling (920) 346-5140.
Kingston Historical Society Museum
Prompted by local interest of Kingston’s history, the Kingston Historical Preservation Society (established in 2002) curated a small collection of artifacts from Kingston’s history that are housed in a new building located on Main Street in Kingston.
The museum hosts four programs per year on the first Sundays of February, April, October, and December at 1:30pm, featuring a variety of speakers. The museum also hosts an open house on Memorial Day to honor local servicemen and women. Tours are available by appointment by calling (920) 394-3075.
The Kingston Historical Society Museum is located at 575 Main Street, Kingston.
Marquette Church Museum
Housed in a preserved church, The Marquette Church Museum showcases new and rotating exhibits featuring the community’s namesake, Father Marquette, The Father Marquette Indian Trading Post, and the area’s Civil War connections. Visitors also experience the charm and unique style that Marquette’s early residents enjoyed while attending church services in the building. In addition to curating the museum’s locally relevant artifacts, the Marquette
Historical Society also organizes events throughout the year, ncluding a pie and ice cream social during Marquette’s Fourth of July Celebration.
The Marquette Church Museum is located at 240 W. Second Street, Marquette, and tours are available by appointment by calling (920) 394-9361. The Church Museum is also available for private function rentals.
Grand River Veteran’s Memorial
Honoring area veterans who have served and continue to protect our freedoms, the Grand River Veterans Memorial features a recently restored pressed copper copy of sculptor E.M. Viquesney’s statue, “The Spirit of the American Doughboy”. The archway-covered walkway leading to the statue features hundreds of stone pavers engraved with the names of past and present members of the military from the area in honor of their service to our country. A joint effort by Markesan’s Abendroth-Connolly American Legion Post 282, Auxiliary Unit 282, the Markesan Historical Society, and the community at large, the memorial was dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, 2009.
The Grand River Veterans Memorial is open to the public from spring through late fall and is located at 1130 N. Margaret Street, Markesan.
First founded in 1977, the Amish community near Dalton and Kingston in Southwestern Green Lake County is one of the younger Amish communities in the state but has quickly become the largest Amish Settlement in Wisconsin. Enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling farmlands and experience the Amish community’s rich history and traditions. Visit their local businesses for unique, handcrafted, and homegrown goods.
- Fox River Greenhouse W4634 Barden Road, Pardeeville
- Oven Fresh Bakery W3699 Heritage Road, Markesan
- Hillcrest Supply N2742 County Road B, Markesan
- Mishler’s County Store W5115 Barry Road, Dalton
- Pleasant View Bakery N9543 Kiefer Road, Dalton
- Top of the Hill Produce W4287 Highway 44, Markesan
- Sloping Acres Greenhouse W4376 Highway 44, Markesan
- M & M Pet Supply W5111 Barry Road, Dalton
- Nature Trails Bakery N531 12th Avenue, Montello
- K & K Basket Weaving W7260 County CM, Portage; W4634 Barden Road,
- Woodside Greenhouse N914 State Highway 22, Dalton
- Mast Custom Finishing W3774 Heritage Road, Markesan
- Salemville Cheese Co-Op W4481 Highway GG, Cambria
- Kuntry Road Greenhouse W1716 Grand Avenue, Dalton
- Pine Ridge Country Store N763 County Road M, Cambria
- Handmade Rugs, Carpets & Runners W4460 County Road X, Markesan