On Saturday, May 18th, the Milwaukee County Historical Society will be providing tours of the Kilbourntown House as part of Historic Milwaukee Inc.‘s “Spaces and Traces” 2013 Event. This year, HMI will focus their locally famous, city-wide excursions on the Village of Shorewood – specifically, more than one dozen homes will be open for tours from the river to the lake.
For those who don’t know (or those who need a refresher), the Kilbourntown House, also known as the Benjamin Church House, was built in 1844 by Benjamin Church, a carpenter from New York. Church, his wife and six children lived in the house, which was originally located in the section of Milwaukee known as Kilbourntown. An excellent example of Greek Revival architecture, the house was saved from destruction in 1938 when it was moved to Estabrook Park and restored as a WPA project, The home contains an outstanding collection of mid-nineteenth century furniture and decorative arts. A kitchen herb garden neighbors the home. The house is maintained jointly by the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee County Parks and the Colonial Dames. Kilbourntown House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
MCHS will be providing tours of this historic home throughout the day (Saturday, May 18th). You can purchase your tickets for the event here. The tickets will get you into any of the selected venues throughout the day. For more information on Traces & Spaces 2013, follow this link.