Welcome to the South Wood County Historical Museum!

History of the South Wood County Historical Museum Building

On the site of Isaac’s boyhood home, Anton Billmeyer built Shadowlawn for Isaac Witter in 1907. The house was built on grounds consisting of 230 feet of frontage on Third Street and 230 feet on the Wisconsin River.

The house was built in the neoclassical style, consisting of 23 rooms, not including the large halls, and had a central vacuum system. An elevator was installed after Isaac became ill.

In 1947, Isaac’s brother-in-law, George W. Mead, purchased the Witter home and grounds for $15,000.00 and presented it to the city to house the T.B. Scott Public Library, which opened in 1948.

After the McMillan Memorial Library was built and opened in 1970, the building and land were deeded to the South Wood County Historical Corporation for the museum, which opened in 1972.

Board of Directors

Leon Schmidt, President

Phil Brown, Vice-President

Mary Anne Getzin, Treasurer

Lori Brost

Robert Zimmerman

Pete Smart

Richard Bender

Nick Brazeau Jr.

Mary Olson

Jack Wesley

J. Marshall Buehler

Curious about books by Wisconsin Rapids City Historian Dave Engel (LHS ’63), other local authors, or the SWCHC publication Artifacts? Visit our “Publications” Tab!