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Historic Janesville Walking Tours


Join the Rock County Historical Society and the Janesville Historic Commission in presenting the 2014 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 six different tours. The Main Street walk, takes you through 150 years of Janesville's history. We'll explore the great architecture along Main and Milwaukee Streets. Other walks include: Learn about West Milwaukee Street, look West neighborhood, enjoy a stroll that is a Janesville tradition. 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. A Fourth Ward tour shows a mix of homes from mansions to workers' cottages punctuated by two churches representing the Irish and Norwegian communities. Finally, our Columbus Circle. This tour showcases one of Janesville's "pocket neighborhoods" where modest-sized period revival houses look inward toward tree-lined streets and small parks.

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

Tour Type

  • Walking Tours

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes

Free Admission

  • Yes