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Wisconsin Great River Road

Cassville

Cassville

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Cassville Tourism
P.O. Box 576
Cassville,  WI 53806
Telephone: (608) 725-5855
Fax:(608) 725-2192
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Cassville is well-known for its many historic buildings and is home to the Denniston House. Built in 1836, the distinctive brick building is a reminder of a time when Cassville was competing to become the capital of the Wisconsin Territory.

Cassville is also home to the Cassville Ferry, which takes people, cars and bicycles across the river to Iowa. The ferry runs Memorial Day through Labor Day everyday. In May, September and October, the ferry runs Saturday and Sunday. A complete schedule and fare information is available upon request.

The initial idea of the Great River Road owes much to a man who once lived in Cassville. R.J. “Penny” Eckstein was Mayor of Cassville and was one of the earliest proponents of creating a scenic byway along the Mississippi River.

The Wisconsin Great River Road has some of the best bald eagle viewing opportunities in the U.S. A great place to see eagles is from the bluffs of Nelson Dewey State Park. The park is part of what was once the estate owned by Wisconsin’s first Governor, Nelson Dewey. The heavily wooded park is the perfect place for panoramic views of the river valley, and campsites are available on the bluffs. Trails wind their way through the park and afford fantastic views.

Nelson Dewey State Park is also an excellent place to see Native American burial mounds.

No trip to Cassville would be complete without a visit to the home of Nelson Dewey, Wisconsin’s first governor. The historic home is open May through October.

Located near Nelson Dewey State Park is the Stonefield Historic Site, managed by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Stonefield was the name of Governor Dewey’s estate. At Stonefield, you’ll find a recreation of village life in 1900, including a wonderful covered bridge.

At Stonefield’s State Agricultural Museum, you’ll also see one of the most fascinating collections of tractors and other farm equipment ever assembled, including the first milking machine and the first tractor in North America, the “Auto-Mower” from 1896. It is one of the best places in the Midwest to learn about the history of agriculture in the U.S. and see the changes in agricultural technology. Stonefield is open every day Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and then on weekends until mid-October.