Experience the history of the Lake Geneva Area
Since 2003, the Delavan Historical Society’s focus has been to educate and preserve and create awareness for Delavan’s unique and storied past. With the recent opening of the Delavan Historical Society Exhibit and Resource Center, they are able to provide the community with a place to collect, preserve and keep safe documents and items that reflect the history of the City and Town of Delavan.
The Walldogs are a group of highly skilled sign painters and mural artists from all over the globe. The Walldog Movement is quickly gaining popularity, and is a great way for small towns to boost their tourism. Imagine a “pack” of talented artists descending upon your town to paint the most beautiful murals you can imagine. Every wall that a fellow Walldog touches springs to life with images of local places, people, and products that have historic significance to each town.
Delavan was proud to welcome The Walldogs in the summer of 2015. They helped to transform our Downtown area by painting a story of the history of our community through media that will allow us to share this rich heritage with all who visit us.
Downtown Delavan, with its rich history and brick streets, offers antique stores and gift shops in a quaint small town atmosphere.
Step back in time and into the General Store of the American West. Curator Doug Watson has amassed a wonderful collection of Americana memorabilia and puts on an entertaining show. Have a Sarsaparilla at the old fashioned bar or pan for gold in the “mine”. There’s also a dinner theater, too. Open May through October to the general public. Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Belfry Music Theatre desires to continue its legacy to engage, inspire and entertain our community by presenting professional productions for the entire family that enrich and have a meaningful impact in their lives to build memories throughout the generations.
Offering a highly varied program of musical theatre, drama, comedy, children’s theatre and art exhibits in a renovated historic facility utilizing state of the art lighting and sound to enhance the shared experience of live performances.
Step onto the brick pavement and step back in time. Walking along our “Main Street” you can not only peek into historic stores, homes, a school room and other places, but you can actually go into them for a close up look at furniture, clothing, tools, machines, merchandise, photos and other artifacts of daily living. Take this stroll and you will get a real feel for life and lifestyles in the late 19th and early 20th century in the Geneva Lake area.
Come and enjoy the scenic wonders of this enchanting historical glacier made spring fed lake; it’s a magnificent, restful experience you will forever cherish. A leisurely cruise past the estates, many built between 1870 and 1920, will serve to remind you and your guests of past elegance.
The East Troy Railroad Museum operates on the last remaining piece of the original interurban network which operated in Wisconsin. By 1939, the railroad was retired by The Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company due to lack of ridership. Since everything from gas to groceries came in to East Troy by our line, the town passed a referendum to purchase the remaining 7.5 mile stretch of track and overhead for freight purposes. The Village of East Troy operated the railroad until the year 2000 when it was purchased by the Friends of East Troy Railroad. Today, the East Troy Electric Railroad has 32 pieces of equipment with over 500 members worldwide, 110 active volunteers and 15,000 visitors each year!
Step back in time when life was a little simpler. The historic rail cars travel a 10-mile trip through beautiful Southeast Wisconsin. Board at either the depot in East Troy or The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago. Meander through the depot museum where kids can be a trolley motorman, discover the joy of model layouts and learn about electricity. The gift shop features a unique selection of railroad souvenirs for all ages.
Experience the lifestyles, ethnic traditions and challenges of 19th-century European immigrants, Yankee settlers and African Americans who settled in Wisconsin. The museum’s historic buildings, gathered from throughout the state, stand restored to their original condition. Throughout the site, interpreters authentically attired in period clothing discuss with visitors the families who lived and worked in the houses and farms that dot the museum’s 576 acres. Walk or ride the tram throughout.