Last Sunday we drove up to Eagle, southwest of Milwaukee, and visited Old World Wisconsin, an open air museum with more than 60 historic structures from the 1800s. The buildings range from ethnic farmsteads with furnished houses and rural outbuildings, to a crossroads village with its traditional small-town institutions.
Trams run between the different areas as they are quite far apart. We took a tram from the entrance to the Norwegian area, which is located at the far end of the 600-acre park.
The first settlement we visited was the Kvaale Farm in the Norwegian area, which was from 1865. A woman inside was spinning wool and told us about the Kvaale family that moved from Norway to Wisconsin and lived in this house with their 11 children.
At Schulz Farm in the German settlement men were cutting wood. It was an impressive undertaking. Tree trunks were brought in by horses and men would roll them to the saw, which was connected with extremely long leather straps to an old steam engine.
Here are some more pictures from other areas of Old World Wisconsin: