The King Cottage is one of the early cottages previously located at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. The building was moved to South Park and placed behind the Hutchinson House in 1975. To make room for larger facilities, the Wisconsin Veterans Home had planned to move or demolish some of the original cottages on their site. The Waupaca Historical Society, at the time, only operated the Hutchinson House and thus was looking for more room for storage. Working with the City of Waupaca, the Waupaca Historical Society moved the cottage to its current location and immediately utilized it for artifact and office storage.
A few years later, porches were added to the cottage, and the interior walls were removed to allow for use as a research library. From 1997 until 2001, it was filled with photographs, books, maps, and other research and genealogical materials.
In 2001, with the purchase of the historic Carnegie Library building, the offices and many of the collections and genealogical and research materials moved out of the King Cottage. It then reverted back to storage for the Hutchinson House collections.
The Waupaca Historical Society hopes to open the King Cottage in 2017. Exhibits in the King Cottage will tell the story of the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King and the role the cottages played at the site.