History Comes Alive in Point Basse

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

A local group of people are doing their part to make sure the history of central Wisconsin lives on. They're the staff of Point Basse in Nekoosa and they're gearing up for this weekend's Pioneer Festival.

During the two-day festival, you'll eat pioneer style foods like venison barbeque, Indian bread and homemade ice cream. They'll even put on a mock wedding of the period and demonstrate early crafts. The site is off Highway 73 in Nekoosa from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 and 13.

Point Basse is one of Wisconsin's first permanent settlements, established by the Robert Wakely family in 1837. The home is located where it always was, on the Wisconsin River. The river was the primary crossing in the area for lumber.

Visitors can learn about the Wakely family's trading post and see their historic home which includes a working 1850's wood stove. Point Basse interpreters take on the roles of the first residents to give visitors a history lesson.

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