Historic Sites

Founded in 1836, Beloit boasts historical sites, buildings, and other unique attractions!

Notable historic attractions include the Bushnell Wheeler Home – a renovated house originally built in 1857 that is open for tours, special events, and weddings, Beckman Mill – a restored and functioning 1868 grist mill, complete with a pond, saw mill display, visitor center, gift shop, and picnic shelter, and the Macktown Living History Education Center – the restored 1830s building that was home to fur trader Stephen Mack and his wife Hononegah, where you can view the original limestone Whitman Trading Post and numerous artifacts.

A visit to Beloit College’s 40-acre wooded campus is highly recommended. Check out all twenty-eight buildings on campus, some built as early as the 1840s, and the ancient effigy mounds. Take a relaxing walk through the winding pathways and spot the Beloiter bunnies, squirrels, and chipmunks! The oldest private college in Wisconsin is also home to two museums – The Logan Museum of Anthropology and The Wright Museum of Art. Click here to see an historic timeline!

Beckman Mill

11600 S. Cty. Rd. H
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 751-1551
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Beloit College

700 College Street
Beloit, WI 53511
P: (608) 363-2301
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Bushnell Wheeler House

542 Wheeler Ave.
South Beloit, IL 61080-2016
P: (815) 389-1514
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The home is open to the public twice a year, the final Sunday in June for their annual Ice Cream Social and the Friday, Saturday & Sunday prior to Thanksgiving.

Macktown Living History Education Center

2221 Freeport Rd.
Rockton, IL 61072
P: (815) 624-4200
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On a forested bluff overlooking the Rock and Pecatonica Rivers are the remnants of Winnebago County's earliest settlement. Founded in the mid-1830's, Macktown has fun historical events and is open for tours.