Milton House

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Milton House
Milton House
Milton House is located in Wisconsin
Milton House
Location 18 S. Janesville St., Milton, Wisconsin
Coordinates 42°46′37″N 88°56′11″W / 42.77694°N 88.93639°W / 42.77694; -88.93639Coordinates: 42°46′37″N 88°56′11″W / 42.77694°N 88.93639°W / 42.77694; -88.93639
Built 1838
Architect Joseph Goodrich
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
MPS Grout Buildings in Milton TR (AD)
NRHP Reference # 72000065
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 1, 1972[1]
Designated NHL August 6, 1998[2]
Milton House before roads were paved

Milton House Museum, is a historic building in Milton, Wisconsin. It was a stop on the Underground Railroad, which was an informal means of escape for slaves. In addition, the building is believed to be the first grout building built in the United States. It is also known for its hexagonal shape.[3]

Joseph Goodrich, known for his anti-slavery sentiments, built the Milton House Inn, which is located near a once frequently traveled stagecoach line. Because of its proximity to this transportation route, it was a popular rest stop for travelers and runaway slaves. A tunnel connects the main building to a nearby cabin. The circumstances in which the tunnel was constructed are unknown.

In 1937 the house was in poor condition, uninhabited, and was threatened with being demolished. The Milton Historical Society acquired and restored the building. [3]

The house and cabin are open to the public via guided tours.

Milton House was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1998.[2][4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Milton House". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b
  4. ^ Miller, Elizabeth L. (December 1, 1997). "National Historic Landmark Nomination: Milton House" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 9 photos, exterior and interior, from 1997. PDF (1.80 MB)

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