Lunch at the Victorian House Tour and Craft Show

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Scandinavia Public Library will be providing lunch at the Victorian House Tour and Craft Show on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 5pm each day. Visit the house, check out the crafts, and get lunch of chili and dessert! The Victorian house is located at 255 Mill Street, Scandinavia.

The following information on the Victorian House and its history has been provided by Linda Durrant:

Wisconsin had always been land occupied and owned by Native American Indians of several nations. The Menominee nation controlled most of eastern and central Wisconsin until the first decades of the 19th century. By 1852 a treaty between the federal government and Menominee was reached, and in the last cold months of that year the entire Menominee nation moved to a reservation in northeastern Wisconsin.

During a five year span (1850-1855) groups of Norwegian immigrants registered and received land parcels to make the Indian land their own, building homes and clearing land for farming. These lands were to become known as the village of Scandinavia, Wisconsin on the South Branch of the Little Wolf River. Imagine--in 1850, there was only wilderness between Winchester and Scandinavia, Wisconsin.

Four of those original 1850s land patent certificates are on display in the restored Victorian home of Jon and Linda Durrant in Scandinavia, WI. Their home was built in 1893 by Norwegian immigrant John Olsen Wrolstad, a U.S. Civil War Veteran and owner a successful logging business and flour mill. Second owners were Thomas and Maren Quien family who owned the house for 90 years.

Third owners Jon and Linda Durrant invite you to tour their Victorian Wrolstad-Quien home at 255 Mill Street in Scandinavia, WI on Saturday and Sunday October 27 & 28 from 10am until 5pm. They know you'll enjoy the Craft Show on site, and the chili and dessert lunch served by the Scandinavia Library Group. Your $2 donation at the door benefits the Humane Society of Waupaca County and is the reason the Durrants host this event each year Halloween Weekend.

During the house tour you will see a full range of Queen Anne architecture. Wrap around front porch, turned columns, bay windows, cutaways, corbels, and short spindles that look like spinning tops. The house's faux bois woodwork was not only fashionable at the time, but considered lavish to have artisans paint woodwork to look like quarter sawn oak, walnut, and mahogany. Windows and doors are decorated with Eastlake spoon carved flower blocks, fluted rails and stiles. You'll see original pocket doors, fancy wood spandrels, etched glass doors featuring herons, and a stairway stained glass window filtering colorful lights on the foyer floor.