Historic Janesville Walking Tours

July 11, 2015

Janesville

Join the Rock County Historical Society and the Janesville Historic Commission in presenting the 2015 Janesville Historic Walking Tours. Each tour is designed to showcase the unique personality and stories from Janesville’s distinct neighborhoods and downtown. Enjoy an 60-minute guided tour, learning about the people, places and heritage of each neighborhood. There are ten dates through summer and fall, featuring seven different tours. The Courthouse Hill District is Janesville's premier historic district of restored homes. These mansions show what life was like for Janesville's upper class in the latter half of the 19th century. This tour also includes stories of mystery and mayhem from Janesville's past. Other walks include Bostwick/Jefferson District, a neighborhood of period revival homes from the early 1900's, and the Look West neighborhood, homes from Janesville's first 100 years. A Fourth Ward tour shows a mix of homes from mansions to workers' cottages punctuated by two churches representing the Irish and Norwegian communities, while our Columbus Circle tour showcases one of Janesville's "pocket neighborhoods" where modest-sized period revival houses look inward toward tree-lined streets and small parks.The Main Street walk takes you through 150 years of Janesville's history, where we'll explore the great architecture along Main and Milwaukee Streets, and finally we have the West Milwaukee Street walk, which showcases a business district with several memorials and historic markers.

Event Date Detail

Jul 11, 2015

9am Look West District, meet at Lincoln-Tallman House

Jul 25, 2015

9am Courthouse Hill District, meet at Jefferson Park, Van Buren & Atwood St

Aug 8, 2015

9am Fourth Ward District, meet at St Patrick's Church

Aug 22, 2015

9am Columbus Circle, meet at the entrance to Columbus Circle

Sep 5, 2015

9am Main Street, meet at Courthouse Park on Main St & Court St

Sep 19, 2015

9am West Milwaukee Street, meet at Corn Exchange, Milwaukee & Franklin St

Oct 3, 2015

9am Look West District, meet at Lincoln-Tallman House

Oct 17, 2015

9am Courthouse Hill District, meet at Jefferson Park, Van Buren & Atwood St

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

Tour Type

  • Walking Tours

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes

Free Admission

  • Yes