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Great River Road 75th Anniversary Festival

View across water of an excursion steamboat on the Mississippi River offshore from Cassville, 1906
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Stonefield historic site in Cassville will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway during its Great River Road Festival on Saturday, June 15. The event will include wagon rides, blacksmithing and log-cutting demonstrations, talks about the natural history along the river, a catfish dinner, and river music provided by La Barge and also Jon Stravers. Stonefield serves as one of the Great River Road Interpretive Centers.

'Prettiest Drive' in America

In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Great River Road along the Mississippi River. The route follows the river for nearly 3,000 miles through 10 states. In 2012 The Great River Road in Wisconsin was voted the "Prettiest Drive" in America by the readers of the Huffington Post.

The Great River Road Festival will be dedicated to the memory of Raymond J. "Penny" Eckstein, long-time Cassville village president. He was instrumental in purchasing the land that eventually became Nelson Dewey State Park and Stonefield historic site. He served as a pilot on the Mississippi River Parkway Commission from 1938 until 1974 when he was elected Pilot Emeritus.

The Great River Road Festival is funded in part through a Joint Effort Marketing grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

If You Go

For complete details on hours of operation, admission, location and directions, accessibility and other specifics, visit the Stonefield visitor information pages. To learn more about this special event's hourly offerings, view or download a flier containing specific event details (PDF 424 KB).

:: Posted June 3, 2013

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