First Capitol

First Capitol historic site includes two of the buildings in which the first session of the Wisconsin territorial legislature convened from October through December 1836. Both building exteriors have been restored to their 1836 appearances, while the interiors house modern exhibits on early territorial Wisconsin and the first territorial legislature. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 (No. 70000036).

Hours of Operation

Open to the public on a limited schedule, June 8 - September 5 from Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. Please see website for details and how to organize a group tour.


Take Highway 151 (Exit 26) to Belmont, then follow County Road G to First Capitol.

Free Admission

  • Yes

History/Heritage Type

  • Wisconsin History

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes