Open the Second and Third Weekends of the Summer (closed Father's Day) and for special events
Open 1-4 p.m. for tours
ADMISSION IS FREE, but donations are always appreciated!
The Hutchinson House, built in 1854 in Waupaca, is a well-preserved example of New-England-style architecture. The one-and-half story farmhouse was originally built on the corner of West Fulton and Franklin Streets by Chester and Susannah Hutchinson. The home was moved to South Park in 1956. The Hutchinson House is filled with vintage furniture and artifacts from the Victorian era, along with numerous objects from Waupaca's early settlers. The Waupaca Historical Society opened the home as a Museum in 1957 as part of Waupaca's Centennial celebration.
Tours of the Hutchinson House Museum take visitors into the Victorian home and its impressive display of household furnishings, clothing, glassware and textiles, with many of the artifacts having ties to early settlers of Waupaca County. The Hutchinson House welcomes visitors of all ages. Children ages 5 to 12 have the option to participate in activities such as a photo scavenger hunt for artifacts.
SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like to schedule a group or family tour of the Hutchinson House Museum outside of our open hours, please call
715-256-9980 at least two weeks in advance.
The collections at the Waupaca Historical Society include many handmade objects, including this beautifully hand-stitched patchwork quilt (above).
The Hutchinson House tells the story of the late 1800s to the early 1900s in Waupaca. The kitchen area of the home features numerous period artifacts.
The Hutchinson House dining room tells the story of both Victorian-era living, but also life in Waupaca at the turn of the century.
Thank you for donating to the Waupaca Historical Society and helping us preserve Waupaca and Chain O'Lakes history!
Come visit us at the Holly Center at 321 S. Main Street during our open hours on
Wednesday through Friday,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!
What's Happening at the Waupaca Historical Society!
(all programs are at the Holly History and Genealogy Center unless otherwise noted)
- Thurs., February 15, 6 p.m. at the Waupaca High School PAC: "The Exchange. In White America. Kaukauna & King 50 Years Later” with Joanne Williams
- Sun., February 25, 3-5 p.m.: Hike Under the "Snow" Full Moon (stop at the Depot!)
- Thurs., March 21, 6 p.m.: “A History of Indigenous Voices: Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Oneida, Stockbridge, and Brothertown Interactions in the Removal Era” with Carol Cornelius
- Thurs., April 11, 6 p.m.: “Ku Klux Klan Recruitment in the Fox Valley and Central Wisconsin” with Michael D. Jacobs
WHS COVID POLICY
Masks are not required in our buildings at this time. We encourage visitors to wear masks if they feel more comfortable. We also encourage all visitors to remain at home if exposed to COVID-19 or feeling unwell.
Appointments outside of open hours at any WHS buildings can be made at least two weeks in advance by calling the Holly History and Genealogy Center at (715) 256-9980 or emailing
Tracy Behrendt at