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'Logging to Farmland' Field Trip

Old World Wisconsin - a historic site

'Logging to Farmland' Field Trip - Old World Wisconsin | Wisconsin Historical Society
EnlargeExterior of a log home in the Finn area.

Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI

Northern Wisconsin was full of timber when immigrants first came to settle. As building needs required lumber, many men moved north during the winter to cut logs and send them down stream to the sawmills.

EnlargeExterior of H.H. Bennett Studio.

Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI

Learn about the impact of the people on the land and vice versa as you explore this important aspect in the settlement of the Upper Midwest.

While exploring the Finnish Area at Old World Wisconsin, students will learn firsthand how:

  • Finnish immigrants had to remove tree stumps to make "cutover" land farmable, and then take second jobs to make ends meet.
  • To cut logs using a bucksaw, roll balls of cotton, help with the weaving
  • A blacksmith uses a portable forge
Program Details
Length 60 minutes
Availability Weekdays, late Apr - mid Jun; late Sep - late Oct
Maximum group size Our mix-and-match scheduling options allow you to customize tours for any size group, from 10 students to more than 150.

For example: Three total stations can accommodate up to a maximum of 75 students at a time.  If you schedule two or more 1-hour programs simultaneously, a group of 150 students can attend. 
Location Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Hwy 67, Eagle, WI 53119
Lunch Time can be scheduled for students to eat a sack lunch on the grounds.
Grade Level 3rd - 12th
Cost $5 for two different one hour programs

$7 for three different on-hour programs

Free adult admission for every 10 students
$13 each additional adult admission

Our mix-and-match 1-hour programs allow you to make your own unique Old World Wisconsin experience. Choose two or three selections from seven 1-hour options for a full day experience.

Reserve Your Field Trip

Create a custom tour today that can include two or three hour-long themed programs, a tram tour, a brief video presentation about Old World Wisconsin, lunch on the grounds, and/or a visit to our museum gift shop.

See the Old World Wisconsin website to reserve your field trip. Or call 262-594-6301 or email us.

About Old World Wisconsin

Explore 19th century rural Wisconsin, a time when waves of immigrants flocked to America's heartland in search of a better life.

Directions, Transportation, Parking

To get directions, parking maps, and more see Location and Directions to Old World Wisconsin.

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