Tour 6 beautiful, mid-19th century homes, the Rural Historical Society and the local cemetery in the historic village of Rural on the Crystal River - just minutes from from Waupaca & Chain 'O Lakes on Hwy 22 South.
$13 Adults & $5 Children (10 yrs & under)
Tickets at the Door:
$15 Adults & $5 Children (10 yrs & under)
Food & snacks are available on Main Street near the Rural Historical Society Headquarters.
RAFFLE! Purchase raffle tickets at Crystal River Inn & Cottages for a chance to Win a FREE Stay!
Rural is characterized by many people who visit as a "New England Village" in the heart of Wisconsin. The village illustrates what a mid-19th century Yankee community was like. The village got its name from its first settler, James H. Jones, who named the area his "Rural Holdings". In 1852 he was made Justice of the Peace and in 1853 its postmaster. The post office was then moved to his stagecoach inn (The Halfway House) and he shortened the name to Rural.
Rural was built almost exclusively by Yankees from the eastern United States who could trace their heritage to Great Britain. Unlike many communities, no wave of other European immigrant groups came to Rural. And unlike many communities, the vast majority of the founding families stayed on in Rural and intermarried with other founding families. Even today, descendants of these families remain in Rural. The level of preservation of the Rural buildings is unusually high.
There is a clear sense that citizens of the village desire to maintain the charm and historic character of their community. Rarely does one find a group of people voluntarily working to preserve the architectural character of their community as we observe here in the Rural on the Crystal - designated as a National Historic District.
We welcome you to join us for the day to walk the village streets and tour the beautiful homes. Allow yourself to take a step back in time and experience the charm that our quaint historic village offers.
Thank you to our sponsors & partners.
The Rural House Walk Tour is made possible, in part by a grant from the Waupaca Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and in part by a contribution from Farmers State Bank. We also offer thanks to our promotional partner Waupaca Fall O Rama, the Rural community and the Rural Historical Society. Proceeds from the raffle tickets goes to the purchase of an AED Defibrillator for the village residents and guests.