About the Park
Heritage Hill is a living history park devoted to the preservation of its buildings and artifacts and the interpretation of history with a focus of the impact on Northeastern Wisconsin, and its people. Heritage Hill provides an educational and interactive experience that encourages visitor awareness, understanding, and appreciation of its diverse regional history of people’s cultures and industries.
Appreciation of History
We are committed to enriching the lives of visitors of all ages by nurturing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history of Northeastern Wisconsin and its people. History is brought to life for thousands of visitors annually through educational programs for school children, unique seasonal events for families, and special activities for seniors.
Explore Heritage Hill
Visitors are invited to explore historic buildings in four distinct areas of the park representing various periods of Northeastern Wisconsin's rich heritage and interact with interpreters who bring their bygone era to life. Through the unique experiences provided for visitors throughout the year, Heritage Hill has earned a reputation as a jewel of the Midwest for guests from within the area, and those visiting our community. A new adventure awaits with every Heritage Hill State Historical Park experience.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Approximately 16,000 school children visit the park each year for general tours and hands-on programs.
- Heritage Hill depends on volunteers. Over the last 10 years more than 8,000 hours were logged by our volunteers annually.
- Heritage Hill is a non-profit organization (501(c)3) and receives no operational funding from the state. The land/buildings are owned by the DNR and are leased for a very low rate. Donations and admissions are what keep the park running.
- Heritage Hill was not much more than a field at the beginning. Historically accurate trees and plants were carefully chosen for each area of the park to reflect the time periods.
- Heritage Hill proudly records five buildings on the National Registry of Historic Homes.
- Tank Cottage is one of the oldest houses in Wisconsin.
- The Fort Howard Hospital is the oldest standing military hospital in the U.S.
- The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located on the site of the old Fort Smith. Bones of a soldier were found when excavating for the park. Every year a special Memorial Day ceremony is held at this site.
- The Belgian farmhouse looks like a brick home. Actually, it is a log home with a brick facade. It is speculated that after the famous Peshtigo fire of 1871, many people began to put bricks over the logs so that the house would be protected.
- In the early 1870s, four volunteer fire companies protected the Green Bay community. The Franklin Hose Company, now located in Growing Community at Heritage Hill, was the last to be formed in 1873.
- The Fur Trader's Cabin was discovered by accident by a wrecking crew in 1968. As they began tearing down the siding on an old home, the framework of the log house appeared. The Fur Trader's Cabin was moved to Heritage Hill in 1976.