Old World Wisconsin offers drive-thru experience of Wisconsin’s past

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer and that means finding fun getaways.

One such destination is ‘old world Wisconsin’ outside Milwaukee. They’re helping to educate people – with a family-friendly drive-through.

Evan Peterson is in the Small community of Eagle with some of the sights and sounds you can look forward to.

It’s often said that a car can take you lots of places but only the folks at ‘Old World Wisconsin’ can take you back in time to the Wisconsin of our past.

Dan Freas, Old World Wisconsin “Old World Wisconsin” is a 600-acre outdoor attraction that includes more than 60 historic structures that have been disassembled and moved from other areas of Wisconsin and brought to this one location.”

Located in Eagle, this massive property is slowly re-opening its doors to visitors, by letting you drive on through.

“That’s our goal, to really provide immersive environments so that people aren’t just reading about how people lived, but they can actually step into those homes, they can step into those gardens.”

Pre-pandemic big walking tours were held, but safety precautions put a pause to that, for the time being.

However, these drive-through adventures – are still a fun way to learn about the past and talk with the people who helped make it.

“But what we found is also an important way of accessing the site for people that are maybe challenged in terms of mobility,” said Freas.

“I think the thing that i get most excited about are the children in providing an environment where children can become inspired by and become curious about the history of our state, and about life in the past.”

To life on the farm, to taking a trip downtown to visit the blacksmith.

Staff at ‘Old World Wisconsin’ say the past is here.

Freas said, “And hopefully this will inspire them to want to read books and explore history in other ways – maybe even their own family’s stories.”

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