John S. Moffat House

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The Octagon House Museum
John S. Moffat House is located in Wisconsin
John S. Moffat House
John S. Moffat House is located in the US
John S. Moffat House
Location 1004 3rd Street Hudson, Wisconsin
Coordinates 44°58′51″N 92°45′19″W / 44.98083°N 92.75528°W / 44.98083; -92.75528Coordinates: 44°58′51″N 92°45′19″W / 44.98083°N 92.75528°W / 44.98083; -92.75528
Built 1855
Architect Andrews Brothers
Architectural style Greek Revival, Octagon Mode, Other
NRHP reference # 74000124
Added to NRHP July 18, 1974[1]

The Octagon House House Museum, also known as the John Moffat House, is a stucco octagonal house in Hudson, in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.[2] The home was built in 1855 by John Moffatt (1814 Etna, New York-1903 Hudson, Wisconsin) and his wife, Nancy Bennet (1822-1894), who had moved to Hudson from Ithaca, New York the previous year with their ten-year-old daughter. Typical for the time, the Moffats traveled by train to Galena, Illinois where they took a steamboat to Prescott, Wisconsin. Then they traveled by horse and wagon, north to Hudson, which was a prosperous frontier town on the Saint Croix River, benefiting from lumber and flour mills. Two of Nancy's sisters already lived in the community when they arrived. Moffat initially was clerk of the United States Land Office for the Chippewa District and later practiced law before being elected a Saint Croix County judge in 1869.[3] Their home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house is now owned and operated by the St. Croix County Historical Society as the Octagon House Museum, a historic house museum furnished in mid-19th-century style. The society purchased the home in 1964.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Travis, Dale (March 10, 2008). "Wisconsin Round Barns List". 
  3. ^ Miller, Willis H. (September 1944). "The Octagon House at Hudson". Wisconsin Magazine of History. 28 (1): 81–87. .

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