The Octagon House Museum
The St. Croix County Historical Society maintains the Octagon House museum complex. In addition to the gracious, restored house with Victorian era furnishings, the complex includes the Garden House with its 19th century life, domestic arts, carpenter, blacksmith, and general store tableaux; and the Carriage House, which includes the Museum Gift Shop and research center. All structures are set amid expansive, beautifully maintained gardens.
The museum complex is open for guided tours:
Spring & Summer Tours: May through August
Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Fall Tours: September and October (weekends only)
Saturday 12 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Winter Tours: Late November to mid-December (weekends only)
Saturday 12 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4:30 p.m. The museum shines with traditional Victorian decorations during the Winter holiday season.
Groups of ten or more may arrange for a Group Tour throughout the year. For appointments please call (715) 386-2654.
The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Adults $7.00; Students (13 to 18) $3.00; Children (6 to 12) $2.00; and Children 5 and younger free with an adult.
St. Croix County Historical Society Members receive a 10% discount on Museum Gift Shop items.
Tours are available on a walk-in basis, however, reservations are required for groups of ten or more.
Special Tours may be arranged for groups of twenty-five or more. These special tours can included an elegant afternoon tea, a tour of the Phipps Center for the Arts and /or a Hudson City tour. (click here for more information) Call (715) 386-2654 for information. You may also contact the SCCHS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Octagon House Museum History
The house was built for Judge John Shaw Moffat and his wife, Nancy Bennet Moffat, New Yorkers who arrived in Hudson in 1854 with their young daughter, Mary. Four generations of the musically inclined Moffat-Hughes family lived in the home over a span of 102 years.
The Octagon House is a fine example of the novel eight-sided dwelling popular in America in the mid-1800s. Such a house was considered conducive to healthy living as light and air could enter from eight directions.
The St. Croix County Historical Society purchased the Octagon House in 1964 with funds obtained mainly through private donations. The Society maintains the house in the authentic tradition of a fine mid-19th century home.