Skip to main content

Ice Cream Social and Civil War Band Concert to Benefit Octagon House Museum

Jul 07, 2016 05:26PM ● Published by Jim

Gallery: First Brigade Band - Ice Cream Social [3 Images] Click any image to expand.

By:  Discover Dodge Tourism - Juneau, WI

The historic Octagon House Museum in Watertown, Wisconsin will be the setting of the Watertown Historical Society’s annual ice cream and homemade cake social on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 from 1:30-4 p.m. Civil Ware era music will be performed by the renowned First Brigade Band. The band “makes history live” by presenting period brass band music played on antique instruments. Dressed in period uniforms and gowns, the band's musicians, color guard, and costumed ladies evoke the atmosphere of the turbulent 1860's through their unique form of showmanship blending the sights and sounds of the period with historical anecdotes.

Attendees are invited to tour the five-story, 8,000 square-foot Octagon House, completed in 1854. Designed and constructed by the pioneer Watertown settler, John Richards, the house is one of the largest pre-Civil War family residences built in Wisconsin. Its unique features include central heating, running water and ventilating systems. The house also features a central spiral staircase which rises from the first floor to the tower room.

Occupied only by Richards’ family members, the house was given to the Watertown Historical Society in 1938 and has been open as a public museum since 1939. The museum grounds are also home to the First Kindergarten in America, a restored pioneer-era barn, a 1936 model of the Octagon House and a tour center with gift shop.

The Octagon House is located at 919 Charles St. and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours of the house and First Kindergarten in America are conducted hourly. Tours will be held throughout the day of the social and band concert. Benches for the comfort of guests will be provided by the Watertown Park, Recreation and Forestry Department and community residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Band members will have CD's of both Confederate and Union music on sale. 

The event is open to the public. For more information please call 920-261-2796 or go the Octagon House facebook page.

Things To Do, Community, Local History Octagon House Ice Cream Social First Brigade Band
  • Tour de Marsh

    11/24/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Holiday Crafting

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    11/24/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • Live Music at The Open Door Coffeehouse

    11/24/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Lizzy puts on an amazing show and you won't want to miss it! Stop in for a rest after your Tur...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/25/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Holiday Crafting

    11/25/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • 15th Annual Festival of Trees

    11/25/2017
    05:00PM — 10:00PM

    Get ready for the holidays with an evening fulled with music, great food and the opportunity to b...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/26/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/27/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/28/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • WINTER BREAK DREAMS RETREAT: Holiday Read-In

    11/28/2017
    09:00AM — 12:00PM

    Come spend a cozy morning at DreamBank! Stay in your PJs, pack a blanket and a pillow along with ...


  • Mom's Unite Evening Meet Up

    11/28/2017
    06:00PM — 07:00PM

    Join us for a Mom's Group! Bring your kids or bring yourself! The choice is yours! Our Mom's g...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/29/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • BDCH Robotic Surgery open house

    11/29/2017
    04:00PM — 07:00PM

    Robotic Surgery Open House 4:00 PM Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 707 S. University Ave., Beave...


  • Tour de Marsh

    11/30/2017
    07:00AM — 10:00AM

    It is time to shake the cobwebs out of the Tour de Marsh kick-off ride and make it relevant for t...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Morning Play Date

    11/30/2017
    10:00AM — 11:00AM

    Spend a morning meeting new friends at DreamBank! While the kids enjoy interactive story time and...


  • 15th Annual Festival of Trees

    11/25/2017
    05:00PM — 10:00PM

    Get ready for the holidays with an evening fulled with music, great food and the opportunity to b...


  • Crochet Basics

    12/01/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Have you always wanted to learn how to crochet? This is your chance to learn basic techniques of ...


  • It's a Wonderful Life

    12/01/2017
    07:30PM — 09:00PM

    This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. ...


  • FAMILY EVENT: Pictures with Santa

    12/02/2017
    10:00AM — 01:00PM

    Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holi...


  • Story Saturday

    12/02/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    The first Saturday of each month is Story Saturday at the Wisconsin Historical Museum! The FREE p...


  • The downtown merchants will decorate their windows to the theme "Light Up the Holidays." Windows...


  • Midwest Cream Cheese Competition

    12/02/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    Philadelphia Brand Cream Cheese processing plants in the nation. Our dairy pride takes center...


  • Experience a Scandinavian Yuletide through the magnificent voices heard from the combined women’s...


  • Art on the Town Paint Night Event

    12/07/2017
    06:00PM — 09:00PM

    Join Art on the Town Wisconsin in this holiday paint party fundraiser at Chapel of the Archangels...


  • Books & Beer with Author Amanda Zieba

    12/07/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    Join us as we talk with author Amanda Zieba about her sweet story "Champion Chocolatier" and her ...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • BDACT'S TALK, COMEDY and VARIETY SHOW hosted by JUDY HEIN.  SHOW DATES: December 7, 8 & 9 at 7:3...


  • Christmas at Marsh Haven

    12/10/2017
    10:00AM — 03:00PM

    Christmas at Marsh Haven & Holiday Nature Craft Show. 10 am to 3 pm. Spend some family time and e...


  • Beaver Dam Area Orchestra

    12/16/2017
    05:30PM

    The Beaver Dam Area Orchestra's annual holiday concert tradition. Two performances at 5:30 and ...


  • Healthy Holiday Cooking Demonstration

    12/19/2017
    06:00PM — 08:00PM

    Are you looking for holiday recipes that won’t hurt your good habits you’ve worked so hard to est...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/27/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/28/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/29/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...


  • Winter Break Creation Stations

    12/30/2017
    11:00AM — 02:00PM

    From glittery snow globes to sugar painted snowflakes, there’s an interactive and educational art...



High School Sports
Weekly Recipes