Our current hours for Summer 2022 are:
Open the Second and Third Weekends of the Summer (June 11-12 and 18-19; July 9-10 and 16-17; August 13-14 and 20-21)
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 and/or making button spinner toys.
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. Tours of the Hutchinson House Museum are offered from from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The museum offers tours for the 4th grade classes on weekdays in late September or October.
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!
What's Happening at the Waupaca Historical Society!
(all programs are at the Holly History and Genealogy Center unless otherwise noted)
- Wed., March 15: Lost Arts Folk School-Garden Basket (FULL)
- Thurs., March 16: Lost Arts Folk School--Garden Basket (FULL)
- Thurs., March 30, 6 p.m.: "A Creative Place: The History of Wisconsin Art" with Annemarie Sawkins (sponsored by Dennis W. Rocheleau)
- Mon., April 17, 6:30 p.m.: Program with Winchester Academy at the Waupaca Area Public Library--"Ancient Canoes Discovered in Lake Mendota" with James Skibo, PhD
- Thurs., April 20, 6:30 p.m.: "A Tale of Two Companies: The Building of Seagrave and Four Wheel Drive in Clintonville" with Barbara Koster
- Sat., May 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Family Fun Day at the Depot with the Waupaca Area Public Library (DEPOT)
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