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Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread

For the Bread:
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (I added a bit more)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon instant rapid-rise yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1-1/2 cups), at room temperature
6 ounces provolone cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 1-1/2 cups), at room temperature (I subbed in Fontina for the provolone)

For the Topping:
1 egg lightly beaten
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temperature

In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, red pepper flakes and salt. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the warm water, eggs, egg yolk, and melted butter. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture in the mixing bowl. Using a dough hook, knead on medium speed until the dough clears the bottom and sides of the bowl, 4 to 8 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and transfer to a greased bowl, turning to coat the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan; set aside.

Transfer the dough to an unfloured work surface and press to deflate. Roll the dough into an 18x12-inch rectangle with the long side parallel to the counter's edge. Distribute the Monterey Jack and provolone cheeses evenly over the surface of the dough, leaving a 1-inch border around the edges. Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the dough into a log, pinching the ends and seam to seal. Roll the log back and forth, applying gentle pressure, until it reaches 30 inches in length. (If the dough tears in any places, just pinch together to re-seal.) Starting at one end (in the middle of the pan), wind the log into a coil and tuck the end underneath the coil. Cover loosely with a clean kitchen towel. Allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush the top of the loaf with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with the red pepper flakes. Place the cake pan on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the loaf is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Rotate the pan 180 degrees, tent the loaf with aluminum foil, and continue to bake until the loaf registers 190 degrees F, 25 to 30 minutes longer.

Transfer the pan to a wire rack and immediately brush with the softened butter. Let cool for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the edge of the pan and turn the loaf out the wire rack. Cool for 30 minutes before slicing; serve warm or at room temperature. The bread can be kept, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 4 days.

https://www.browneyedbaker.com/spicy-cheese-bread/


Ag-Tourism

Alp and Dell Cheese - Emmi Roth USA

Creamery tour - learn how cheese is made - two observation hall areas and video. No reservations necessary.

Dairy Farm Tour - DeVoe Farms

Experience a real working family-owned dairy farm with nine different species of animals and hands-on activities in the heart of Wisconsin. Milk a cow, collect eggs, feed a calf, and learn all about life on the farm! $8 a person, kids four and under are free. Dairy treats and goodie bags for children are included. Great for all ages...book a tour today!

Dougherty Creek Alpacas

Call ahead to schedule a tour. Breeding stock and sales, quality stud service, boarding, Alpaca Show Management Services. "Our Passion is Alpacas - Our Focus is Fleece".

Green County Breakfast on the Farm

Held annually the last Saturday of May as a kick off to June Dairy Month, this event takes place at a different working Green County dairy farm each year.

The first Dairy Breakfast was held at the Juda Church in 1961. June Dairy Month kick-off breakfasts were held every year from 1961 through 1979 at various churches and schools where the event was held. Breakfast On The Farm started as an idea of Green County Ag Chest enthusiasts at a meeting on November 12, 1979. The idea was to move the breakfasts away from schools and churches to a direct "on-the-farm site". On the farm, visitors could get first -hand knowledge of what makes up a modern dairy farm today. The success has grown to where we expect 5,000 people to attend the event. We will use approximately 1,800 dozen eggs, 1,300 pounds of sausage, 5,000 half-pints of milk, 126 gallons of ice cream mix, 3,500 cartons of orange juice, 200 coffee cakes, 13 lugs of fresh strawberries, 110 pounds of butter, 480 pounds of cheese, and 26 jars of coffee.

Green County Fair

Held annually in mid-July. Traditional country fair with youth exhibitors (4-H, FFA), judging, ag education, livestock and small animal auctions, and tractor pulls. Unique to Green County is a cheese auction.

Hawk's Mill Winery

Reds, whites, and fruit wines - everything from dry to sweet. The tasting room has the feel of a cozy log cabin, with the added bonus of a truly spectacular view. Varietals in the vineyard include Frontenac Gris, Marquette, and Petite Pearl. Nestled between the vineyard's hills is a small pond with a windmill where a pair of Red Tail Hawks frequently perch - thus the name for the winery - which is located southeast of Cadiz Springs Recreation Area.

Hawks Hill Elk Ranch

A popular time to visit is late May and early June when the calves are being born. Hawks Hill Elk Ranch offers premium hand-trimmed meats, which boasts lower fat and higher protein than other red meats. These elk are grass raised and grass finished. Hawks Hill Ranch has won 46 national and international meat competitions. Owner Joel Espe is president of the Non-Traditional Farmers and Ranchers Coalition.

Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County. Visit the National Historic Cheesemaking Center (see the additional listing under Museums) and the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory: step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917. All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm, just over the border into Illinois.

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County.  Housed in a restored railroad depot (years ago the freight room was often filled with Green County cheese awaiting rail tranport to areas all over the United States); the center features cheesemaking equipment, dairy farming heritage, cheese factory replicas, railroad memorabilia, and local history. Excellent 10-minute audio tour gives an overview of the museum displays; docents are also available for personalized tours and questions.

Honeybelle the Holstein greets visitors on the front lawn.

Arts & Entertainment

Bullquarian Brewhouse

Regularly scheduled live entertainment - acoustic jams, Irish pub music, singer-songwriter and more.

Monroe Arts Center

Monroe Arts Center (MAC) is known for their performing arts series and their gallery exhibits. As part of their outreach to area students, MAC arranges for artists to perform at area schools. MAC also hosts a Wisconsin Regional Arts Program, a photography contest, and the popular MAC Radio Live-Showcase of Talent.

Monroe Theatre Guild

Monroe Theatre Guild has been providing outstanding theatre and performing arts to the community since 1970. The mission of the guild is to provide education and experiences to develop talent in people of all ages. In addition to regular performances on the MTG stage, performers and artists are invited to join the MTG Cabaret Players.

Turner Hall

Regularly scheduled entertainment - polka and dance bands in the Grand Hall on most Sunday afternoons; also special events as part of the Swiss Heritage Series. (Please check website for current operating hours)

Biplane Tours

Gypsy Air Tours

Gypsy Air Tours aims to recreate a piece of our unique Americana aviation history. The 1930 Waco Taperwing embodies the spirit of a bygone jazz era that set the aviation industry in full swing. It was a time when speed and altitude records were broken on a daily basis and the Waco Taperwing was at the front of the pack. The Taperwing was the first certificated aircraft to complete an outside loop.

Let us take you back into that exciting era in our authentic biplane. Framed between its wings is the opportunity of a lifetime to fly the original way - with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. With your pilot behind you, the sky is yours!

https://www.facebook.com/GypsyAirTours 

Brewery

Bullquarian Brewhouse

Two barrel Nano Brewery serving freshly brewed beer available only in their taproom.

Minhas Craft Brewery

Brewing tradition since 1845! Under the leadership of the Minhas Family, the brewery and their product lines continue to grow. Please call ahead for reservations for larger groups, bus groups welcome. $12 admission includes a gift pack including 6 different products - 4 Crafts beers - 1 Soda - 1 Commemorative tasting glass. Guests between 13 - 21 receive a gift pack with all non-alcoholic products. Guests 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian. Tours are 40 - 60 minutes.

Visit the website for hours of operation.

Minhas Craft Brewery is also home to the Herb and Helen Haydock "World of Beer Memorabilia" museum.

New Glarus Brewing Company

  • Hilltop Plant - on Hwy. 69 across road from New Glarus Wood State Park
  • New Glarus, WI 53574
  • 608.527.5850
  • www.newglarusbrewing.com

Erring on the side of safety, the Beer Depot, Gift Shop, Bier Garten, Museum and Tours will remain closed for the Summer of 2021. We will be continuing to brew great beer and will announce when we reopen. Stay safe! Thank you all for your support!

Brewpub

Bullquarian Brewhouse

Two barrel Nano Brewery serving freshly brewed beer available only in their taproom.

Cheese Sales

Alp and Dell Cheese - Emmi Roth USA

Flagship store of Emmi Roth USA. Observation Hall with viewing areas into the factory and video tour. Samples in the store. Groups welcome - please call ahead.

Chalet Cheese Cooperative

  • N4858 Cty. N
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.325.4343

Only Limburger producer in the nation! No tours.

Cheesemouse.com

Mail order - offering a wide selection of locally produced cheese - delivered directly to your door.

Decatur Dairy

Decatur Dairy's award winning cheese is Wisconsin Cheese at its finest. Milk from area farms is transported to Decatur Dairy where it is transformed into award-winning cheese. Decatur Swiss Cheese Co-op was established in 1942. In 1973, Roy and Mike Stettler were hired as cheesemakers. In 1982, Steve Stettler was hired as cheesemaker and co-op manager, and Decatur Dairy, Inc. was formed in 2000.

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus

More than 70 locally made award winning cheeses, imported candy, tea, cookies and coffee. Ice cream, homemade fudge, wine, custom gift boxes and shipping.

Maple Leaf Cheese Sales

Over 70 varieties and styles of locally made cheese. Fresh cheese curds, gift boxes, cheese trays, ice cream, sausage. Shipping of cheese and gift boxes.

Silver-Lewis Cooperative

Cheese for sale! Factory direct.

Swiss Colony Outlet Stores

Large selection of locally made cheese, spreads, and other specialty foods - in addition to other merchandise lines. Call ahead or check the website to confirm hours of operation.

Distillery Tour

Minhas Micro Distillery

Enjoy a distillery tour with an amicable and interesting guide, followed by product sampling, plus a "thank you" pack to enjoy later: Blackstone Vodka and a branded sampler glass (more than $10 value). No reservation needed for groups of 12 or less; please call ahead for larger groups. Buses welcome!

On site gift shop - purchase spirits and liqueurs.

Visit the website for hours of operation.

Farm Visits & Factory Tours

Alp and Dell Cheese - Emmi Roth USA

Visit the showcase store for Roth Kase Cheese Factory. See cheese being made. Try before you buy, with many samples to taste. Meet Tony Zgraggen - a Swiss native who manages the store operation and can answer all of your cheese questions.

Dairy Farm Tour - DeVoe Farms

Experience a real working family-owned dairy farm with nine different species of animals and hands-on activities in the heart of Wisconsin. Milk a cow, collect eggs, feed a calf, and learn all about life on the farm! $8 a person, kids four and under are free. Dairy treats and goodie bags for children are included. Great for all ages...book a tour today!

Dougherty Creek Alpacas

Call ahead to schedule a tour. Breeding stock and sales, quality stud service, boarding, Alpaca Show Management Services. "Our Passion is Alpacas - Our Focus is Fleece".

Hawks Hill Elk Ranch

A popular time to visit is late May and early June when the calves are being born. Hawks Hill Elk Ranch offers premium hand-trimmed meats, which boasts lower fat and higher protein than other red meats. These elk are grass raised and grass finished. Hawks Hill Ranch has won 46 national and international meat competitions. Owner Joel Espe is president of the Non-Traditional Farmers and Ranchers Coalition.

Minhas Craft Brewery

Brewing tradition since 1845! Under the leadership of the Minhas Family, the brewery and their product lines continue to grow. Please call ahead for reservations for larger groups, bus groups welcome. $10 admission includes a gift pack including 6 different products - 4 Crafts beers - 1 Soda - 1 Commemorative tasting glass. Guests between 13 - 21 receive a gift pack with all non-alcoholic products. Guests 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by a paid parent or guardian. Visit the website for hours of operation.

Minhas Craft Brewery is also home to the Herb and Helen Haydock "World of Beer Memorabilia" museum.

New Glarus Brewing Company

  • Hilltop Plant - on Hwy. 69 across road from New Glarus Wood State Park
  • New Glarus, WI 53574
  • 608.527.5850
  • www.newglarusbrewing.com

Erring on the side of safety, the Beer Depot, Gift Shop, Bier Garten, Museum and Tours will remain closed for the Summer of 2020. We will be continuing to brew great beer and will announce when we reopen. Stay safe! Thank you all for your support!

Farmers Market

Monroe Farmers Market

Fresh, seasonal offerings from area producers and growers. Markets are held May through October, Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons - on the square in downtown Monroe. Indoor Farmers Markets are held on select Saturdays November through April.

Monticello Community Market

  • Intersection Lake Ave and Staedler Ave
  • Monticello, WI 53570

Every Thursday thru October 14 - from 4 til 7 pm. Local vendors with fresh produce, baked goods, artisan crafts, upcycled and more. Presented by the Monticello Economic Development Committee. Info: [email protected]

New Glarus Farmers Market

Vendors with delicious food, baked goods, meats, vegetables, flowers, honey, and everything in between. The New Glarus Farmers Market is held every Friday from 3-6pm at the Hometown Pharmacy Parking Lot from May 7-October 15, 2021. Info: [email protected]

Genealogy Research

Albany Historic Society Musuem

  • 117 N. Water St.
  • Albany, WI 53502
  • 608.862.3240

Albany area obituaries on file. Museum open Saturdays.

Green County Genealogical Research Center

Ongoing projects include miscellaneous obituary binders from the early 1900's to the present, marriages and local news of townships. County and township histories. Many townships have cemetery records completed with transcriptions. Family Genealogies. Luchsinger Monument Books provide a wealth of information for those searching ancestors. Generally open Tuesdays and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10am-3pm. Call ahead to verify - especially if driving from out of town. County history, cemetery records, obituaries, military records, and more. GCGS meetings usually held first Saturday of the month in library in second floor meeting room - at 10 am - with the research room open after that til 3 pm. For more info: 608-921-1537 or 608.328.7436 or email [email protected]

Green County Historical Society Museum

The Green County Historical Society Museum is housed in the former Universalist Church that was built in 1861.  Obituaries dating from early 1900's are filed by surname.

Green County Register of Deeds

  • Courthouse - 1016 - 16th Ave.
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.328.9439

Search old birth, death, marriage, and land records.  Hours Monday through Friday 8 am - 4 pm.

National Historic Cheesemaking Center

  • 2108 6th Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608-325-4636

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

In addition to operating as a cheesemaking museum, the center maintains records of cheesemakers and factories in the area. 

Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County.  Housed in a restored railroad depot (years ago the freight room was often filled with Green County cheese awaiting rail tranport to areas all over the United States); the center features cheesemaking equipment, dairy farming heritage, cheese factory replicas, railroad memorabilia, and local history. Excellent 10-minute audio tour gives an overview of the museum displays; docents are also available for personalized tours and questions.

On site is the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory:  step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917.  All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm.

Also on site - a renovated ribside caboose.

Swiss Historic Village

Specializing in Swiss ancestry. Visit their website for an online search form. [email protected]

Group Tours

Group Tours

Call 608.328.1838 for assistance with itinerary planning.

Historic Sites & Sights

* Open to the public

Arabut Ludlow Library (Monroe Chamber Office) *

  • 1505 - 9th Street
  • Monroe, WI 53566

In 1903, the Monroe City Council established a Library Board, which wrote to the Andrew Carnegie Foundation, hoping to receive some of the funds that Carnegie gifted to cities around the country to establish public libraries. Though Carnegie offered a grant, the City Council and local residents became divided over the location of the library. 

Local resident Lida Ludlow convinced her husband and his two brothers to match the Carnegie offer and establish a library named after her father-in-law, Arabut.  In 1904, Edwin Ludlow, in the name of the Ludlow family, gave $12,500 to the School District to build a library at 1505 9th Street. The Arabut Ludlow Memorial Library opened in May 1905 and served the community for over 90 years. 

When the library was relocated across the street into the former Monroe Clinic in 1993 - the building transitioned into office space - including the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  The building is open to the public during their business hours.

Bingham, Judge John (Private Home)

  • 621 14th Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566

A classic Greek revival home built for the county's first attorney and Monroe's first elected Judge - John A. Bingham. The home was built based on plans of the family home in Vermont.

Bintliff, General James (Private Home)

  • 723 18th Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566

Barge boards and nine-foot windows adorn this cross gabled brick structure of Victorian Gothic design. Mr. Bintliff was editor of the Monroe Sentinel in 1860.

Blumer, Dr. Samuel (Private Home)

  • 112 6th Avenue
  • New Glarus, WI 53574

Brodhead Depot *

Housed in a restored railroad depot, with adjacent locomotive and caboose. Exhibits include local history, railroad memorabilia, cheese and butter making equipment, antique milking machines, and community band memorabilia. Generally open beginning on Memorial Day weekend - and then open Wed, Sat, Sun and holidays through end of September.

Chalet of the Golden Fleece

Vast array of collections from all over the world housed in authentic copy of a Swiss Bernase mountain chalet; including furniture, priceless jewels, tableware, textiles, woodcarvings, dolls, and much more. Private tours can also be booked thru the Facebook Page - just click the BOOK NOW button on https://www.facebook.com/ChaletOfTheGoldenFleece

Chenoweth, Frank L. (Private Home)

  • 2004 10th Street
  • Monroe, WI 53566

This San Francisco style architecture home was built in 1887 by Frank Chenoweth. The home was the first in Monroe to receive electricity. A balastraded veranda and carriage house to the rear remain unchanged.

Cleveland's Hall and Blacksmith Shop *

  • Attica (Town of Brooklyn), WI

Located in the former village of Attica, this recently restored two-story building was built in 1873 as a blacksmith shop for David C. Heathman. In 1883, Benjamin K. Cleveland purchased the building. He took over operation of the blacksmith shop and opened the second floor as a dance hall and performance space called "Cleveland's Hall." He continued to operate the blacksmith shop and dance hall until 1899, when the Modern Woodmen of America purchased the building. The Woodmen, a fraternal order, used the second story as their lodge hall for meetings, and continued Cleveland's tradition of offering it to the general public for other uses.

Exchange Square Historic District *

  • Downtown Brodhead
  • Brodhead, WI 53502

First Methodist Church/Monroe Arts Center (MAC) *

Home to the Monroe Arts Center (MAC), this Victorian High Gothic Church and the nearby parsonage were designed by Edward Townsend Mix, a Wisconsin architect. It was placed on the National Register in 1975. 

MAC was recognized with a Wisconsin Historical Marker in 2009.  The marker was made possible through a grant from the Woman’s Club of Monroe.

Freitag Pure Oil Service Station (Business) *

  • 1323 Ninth Street
  • Monroe, WI 53566

Green County Courthouse *

  • 1016 - 16th Ave.
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.328.9430

Self-guided tour brochure available. The building is open weekdays 8 am - 4:30 pm. Call the Green County Tourism office at 608.328.1838 to schedule a presentation/tour for larger groups.

Green County Historical Society Museum *

The Green County Historical Society Museum is housed in the former Universalist Church that was built in 1861. The building was used to store wheat and wool during the Civil War. The musuem is open June 6 through September 6, 2009 on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 - 4 pm. The Museum includes an archive with letters, papers, and newspaper articles of historical interest about Green County including obituaries, antique books, and pictures of our ancestors and items used in their daily lives. There is also the original Bethel one-room schoolhouse on the Museum grounds.

Green County Jail (Jailhouse Tap)*

  • 1404 - 12th St.
  • Monroe, WI 53566

The original Green County Jail is now home to a tavern. Many years ago it started on fire, and it is rumored that beer from the brewery next door was used to extinguish the flames.

Hurlburt, C.D. (Private Home)

  • 1205 13th Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566

This French Second Empire style home was built in 1870. A huge ginko tree, the largest recorded in Wisconsin, graces the front lawn.

Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory *

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County. Visit the National Historic Cheesemaking Center (see the additional listing under Museums) and the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory: step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917. All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm, just over the border into Illinois.

Jennings, Janet (Private Home)

  • 612 22nd Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566

Author and Civil War nurse Janet Jennings lived in this 1860 Frame Four Square. Miss Jennings went to Washington in May of 1863 to care for wounded soldiers, and it is believed she met President Lincoln at this time.

Lincoln Park Water Tower

  • Intersection of 16th Ave. and 20th St.
  • Monroe, WI 53566

1889 Water Tower, added to the National Register for historic and architectural significance. For more information: Donna Glynn at 608.325.5351

Milwaukee Road Depot/New Glarus Chamber *

Depot is home to the New Glarus Chamber of Commerce and serves as the headquarters of the Sugar River Trail

Monroe Commercial District * (Main Street Monroe)

Monroe's Court House Square is a large midwest commercial square that grew into its present form during the decade of 1870 - 1910. Architectural styles include Italianate, Queen Anne, Romanesque, and Beaux Arts.

National Historic Cheesemaking Center *

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County.  Housed in a restored railroad depot (years ago the freight room was often filled with Green County cheese awaiting rail tranport to areas all over the United States); the center features cheesemaking equipment, dairy farming heritage, cheese factory replicas, railroad memorabilia, and local history. Excellent 10-minute audio tour gives an overview of the museum displays; docents are also available for personalized tours and questions.

On site is the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory:  step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917.  All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm.

Also on site - a renovated ribside caboose.

Puempel's Olde Tavern *

Established in 1893, with original back bar. Check out the folk art wall murals that were painted by a traveling artist back in 1913.

Regez, Jacob (Private Home)

  • 2121 7th St.
  • Monroe, WI 53566

Architect Fridolin Heer designed this 1901 home, which replaced the original 1884 structure destroyed by fire during a lightning storm. The interior features oak, cyprus, and sycamore woodwork, leaded and stained glass windows.

Swiss Historic Village *

Replica of a Swiss village including traditional Swiss Bee House, Cheese Factory, School, Church, Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, Smoke House, Sausage Shop, and General Store. [email protected]

Turner Hall *

Established in 1868 by Swiss and German immigrants - a few short years after the Civil War - the Turner Hall of Monroe is believed to be the only Turner (gymnast) Hall of Swiss origin left in the United States.

The original structure, located on the same site as the current building, burned to the ground in 1936. The present structure, a Swiss Emmental chalet designed by German architect, Max Hanisch, opened in 1938 and is listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Often referred to as "the opera house" in its earlier years, Turner Hall has historically been the site of a wide array of community events, in addition to being a place where Swiss heritage has been, and continues to be, cherished and nurtured.

West, General Francis H. (Private Home)

  • 1410 17th Avenue
  • Monroe, WI 53566

This octagon style home was built by architect Orsen Fowler for General Francis H. West in 1860. The home features inlaid parquetry, three winding grand staircases, natural air conditioning, and an enclosed cupula.

Libraries

Albertson Memorial Library

Belleville Public Library

Brodhead Memorial Public Library

Monroe Public Library

Monticello Public Library

New Glarus Public Library

Museums

Albany Historical Museum

  • 117 N. Water St.
  • Albany, WI 53502
  • 608-862-3240

Local History, camera collection, vintage hats, antique toys, Sugar River history. Open Saturday 9 am - noon.

Brodhead Depot Museum

Renovated railroad depot, locomotive and caboose, railroad memorabilia, local history, cheesemaking and butter making equipment, antique washing machines, community band instruments and memorabilia.

Browntown Historical Museum

  • 110 S. Mill Street
  • Browntown, WI 53522
  • 608-966-3273

Native American artifacts, local history, community band and school memorabilia, renovated double-bunk jail cell, agricultural equipment.

Open first Sunday of the month in June, July, August - from 1 - 3 pm. 

Chalet of the Golden Fleece

Vast array of collections from all over the world housed in authentic copy of a Swiss Bernase mountain chalet; including furniture, priceless jewels, tableware, textiles, woodcarvings, dolls, and much more. Private tours can also be booked thru the Facebook Page - just click the BOOK NOW button on https://www.facebook.com/ChaletOfTheGoldenFleece

Green County Historical Society Museum

The Green County Historical Society Museum is housed in the former Universalist Church that was built in 1861. The building was used to store wheat and wool during the Civil War. The Museum includes an archive with letters, papers, and newspaper articles of historical interest about Green County including obituaries, antique books, and pictures of our ancestors and items used in their daily lives. There is also the original Bethel one-room schoolhouse on the Museum grounds.

Herb and Helen Haydock World of Beer Memorabilia

Herb and Helen Haydock got their start with brewery collectibles when Herb purchased 8 beer glasses while stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Munich, Germany back in 1951. He didn’t know it at the time, but this small purchase would lead having the largest private collection in the world.

Let us take you back in time with historical artifacts on display including: brewery lithographed pictures, Cooper tools, wooden keg and cases, steins, growlers, 1928 Chevy Truck, Nascar cars, bar and beer lights, model brewery trucks, cars, trains and other brewery vehicles and much more.

This collection has found the perfect home with the oldest brewery in Midwest and second oldest in the nation.

Visit the website for hours of operation.

Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm. Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County. Visit the National Historic Cheesemaking Center (see the additional listing under Museums) and the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory: step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917. All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm, just over the border into Illinois.

Kelch Aviation Museum

Kelch Aviation Museum in Brodhead opens the doors to their brand new state-of-the-art hangar where you can step back in time to the "golden age of aviation". Imagine the biggest garage you've ever seen, but it's been furnished by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Smithsonian Institute. Peek inside an airplane wing, try your hand at steering, and don an aviator's helmet. See vintage airplanes like a Travel Air with a direct link to Charles Lindbergh.

Monticello Area Historical Society

The Monticello Area Historical Museum, in the former Woelffer Drug Store, displays much of its original inventory from years ago. The museum is open Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm, May through October.

National Historic Cheesemaking Center *

Open Thursday thru Sunday from 10 am - 3 pm.

Discover the legacy of cheesemaking in Green County.  Housed in a restored railroad depot (years ago the freight room was often filled with Green County cheese awaiting rail tranport to areas all over the United States); the center features cheesemaking equipment, dairy farming heritage, cheese factory replicas, railroad memorabilia, and local history. Excellent 10-minute audio tour gives an overview of the museum displays; docents are also available for personalized tours and questions.

On site is the Imobersteg Farmstead Cheese Factory:  step back into the late 1800's into an authentic cheese factory relocated from an area farm where it sat untouched since 1917.  All the original equipment can be viewed in this factory that was once used for producing Brick, Swiss, and Limburger cheese using the milk from the 40 cows at the Imobersteg Farm.

Also on site - a renovated ribside caboose.

Swiss Historical Village

Fourteen buildings representing a facet of the daily life of the early New Glarus pioneers, including a traditional Swiss bee house, replica cheese factory, school house, church, blacksmith shop, log community building, smoke house/sausage shop, farm implement building, general store, firehouse, and print shop. [email protected]

Toy Train Barn

Train models and operating layouts of all sizes, train and railroad memorabilia, antique trains. Also - ride the "Argyle and Eastern Railroad" - a one mile trip including Horseshoe Curve and 3 trestle bridges on a historic train rescued from the Green Bay Railroad Museum. Groups welcome!

Recreation

Alpine Curling Club

See the sport of curling at the Alpine Curling Club - nearly every day of the week from November to March. The club also hosts several "bonspiels" (tournaments) and the public is welcome to watch. The club was organized in 1960, and 1963-64 was the first season of curling at the current facility. For more info: Bob Rufi at 608-325-6365.

Brooklyn Recreation Committee

Events and classes for families, kids and the entire community. Fitness, summer rec program for kids, family movie nights, and more.

Browntown Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area

Park features a handicap accessible boat launch, nature trails with educational signs, beach area, shelter house, and a newly installed 78 foot pole with an osprey nesting platform on top. Friends of Cadiz Springs have also been busy with other recent activities, including plans to restock Beckman Lake with northern pike, clearing willow trees near the boat launch, and removing brush from the shore. The DNR is reminding everyone not to "stock" Beckman Lake with fish caught in Zanders Lake or anywhere else. The DNR has plans to manage the proportions to keep the predator/prey balance, and to allow the existing fish to form a cycle of breeding that is self-perpetuating. Meetings of the Friends of Cadiz Springs are held on the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm at Trailside Inn in Browntown, or in warmer weather at the east shelter in the park.

CheeseCity Xtreme (CCX) Radio Control Racing Club

High end radio control cars and trucks that are capable of 60 plus miles per hour and can get as high as 30 feet in the air off the jumps at the track. Always free to spectators. Racing most Saturdays in warmer weather, including 10 large races per year. Info: Ryan at 608-558-0668 or Tabbie at 608-214-0558.

Crazy Horse Campground

(canoe rental, shuttle, tubes and refreshments for sale, shuttle service)

Goetz Theatre

Three movie theatres offering the latest shows. Call 608.325.4545 for the 24-hour movie information hotline.

Green County YMCA

Day passes available for non-members: youth $5, students/seniors/military $8, adults $13, family $16. The facility includes a pool, fitness center, track and basketball gym.

New Glarus Woods State Park

The New Glarus Woods State Park was established as a State Park in 1934. It is comprised of over 400 acres, which are predominately forest with approximately 80 acres of prairie. Because of its hilly terrain, most of the park was never logged, leaving many trees untouched, some of which are over 250 years old. Six trails wind throughout ranging from .2 miles to 4.2 miles, totaling 7.3 miles. There are 18 drive-in campsites and 14 walk-in sites along with 6 group sites available for groups of up to 25 people.

S&B Tubing

(canoe, tube, paddle boat and cooler rental, refreshments for sale, shuttle service)

Sky-Vu Drive In

Enjoy a movie under the stars at this outdoor drive-in movie theatre.

Sugar River Outfitters

Day trips, group service, instruction and guides, kayak and canoe rental, shuttle.

Sugar River Raceway

Sugar River Raceway is a half-mile long paved asphalt road course designed and built specially for go-karting. The track has been in continuous operation since 1959, and is owned and operated by the Fairman family. It takes its name from the Sugar River, which borders the property on the north and east sides. Weekly race programs are run April through October. The track is open during the week for both private and open practice sessions.

A complete kart shop is located on site that offers retail and mail order sales of go-karts and go-kart parts. Private dates are also available for outings in which our facilities, karts, and safety gear are made available to corporations, clubs, or organizations.

Sweet Minihaha Campground

  • N4697 Hwy. E
  • Brodhead, WI 53520
  • 608.862.3769

Canoe and tube rental (quantity discount on 8 or more tubes; also discount offered for those camping on site), refreshments for sale, shuttle service.

Specialty Shops

Alp and Dell Cheese - Emmi Roth USA

Visit the showcase store for Roth Kase Cheese Factory. See cheese being made. Try before you buy, with many samples to taste. Meet Tony Zgraggen - a Swiss native who manages the store operation and can answer all of your cheese questions.

Art & Soul Tattoo and Gallery

Brenda's Blumenladen

Home decor, fresh floral, cards and gifts, indoor plants, plus a complete garden center.

Brodhead Bakery and Harnesses

  • 1602 Scotch Hill Rd.
  • Brodhead, WI 53520
  • 608.897.3820

Baked goods, jams and jellies, new and used harnesses for sale, harness repair.

Decatur Dairy

Outstanding variety of locally made cheese - including Farmers, Butterkase, Co-jack, Colby, Edam, Fontina, Brick, Gouda, Havarti, Muenster, Stettler Swiss, and many flavors of flavored curds. Tours are available - call ahead to make arrangements.

Detweiler and Kauffman

Hand-crafted Amish furniture - oak and cherry, plus lawn furniture.

Detweiler's Bent and Dent

  • W363 Atkinson Rd.
  • Albany, WI 53502
  • 608.897.2867

Salvaged groceries and health and beauty products - great bargain prices!

Discount America Hobby & Motor Sports

Discount America carries top the line Radio Controlled Racing products, Scooters, ATV'S, and Used Cars at affordable prices. Cheese City Xtreme R/C is our racing club that is affiliated with Discount America. We race nearly every weekend. Outdoor racing is usually runs May-September/October and Indoor racing usually runs October/November-April. We changed locations and will have two indoor tracks for fall of 2018! The Outdoor oval and offroad will still be located at 1632 4th Ave West in Monroe. Spectators are always free!

Duluth Trading Company

This direct outlet store is packed full of year-round savings (50% or more) on overstocks, slightly flawed gear, and discontinued items and returns.

Franklin Grove Etc.

Antiques, upscale resale, local arts and crafts. Business is housed in a mid 1800s blacksmith shop in Attica. There is also a new addition added to the historic building for casual food and alcoholic beverages, which will be phased in over the first few weeks of opening. An August opening is planned.  FGE has been certified as a Wisconsin Travel Green business, and the building has also been designated a state and national historic site being representative of buildings during the early settlement of Wisconsin.  You can still see the horse rings imbedded on the south wall, as well as the unique recreated ceiling of reverse lathe and plaster. This ceiling was designed from an original ceiling remnant found onsite.  An 1800's church window has also been built into an interior wall in the newer addition, which makes for a very dramatic entrance to the addition.

Hawk's Mill Winehaus

Also visit their original winery and vineyard - Hawk's Mill Winery (W8170 Pilz Road - Browntown).

Heartland Graphics

Wisconsin and Monroe Gear (including Swiss wear and Cheesemaker clothing). Also custom screenprinting and embroidery, team wear.

Hoesly's Meats

Brats, Landjaegers and old world sausage, specialty meats.

Hutch + Hide

Hutch + Hide is your destination for high quality gifts and accessories for the whole family with a special emphasis on clothes and gear for the little ones. Hutch + Hide is proud to offer reclaimed barn wood kitchen cabinetry, vanities, and bars through our partnership with Reclaimed Rustic Woodworks of Phillips, WI. Every order is hand-crafted by experienced woodworkers who take great pride in their work. You will see that pride in the meticulous attention to detail found on every piece that leaves their shop. We offer complimentary in-house design services - just bring us your dreams and we will work with you to make them a reality.

JoAnne's Dress Shop

Kinderladen

Unique toy store for kids of all ages. Large assortment of games, books, puzzles, candy, gifts - and also a line of nostalgic toys.

Kuntry Krafts

  • 1424 Old 92
  • Orfordville, WI 53576
  • 608.897.2594

Custom built furniture, fabrics, crafts, sewing notions.

Luecke's Diamond Center

Including an outstanding collection of estate and antique jewelry.

Maple Leaf Cheese and Chocolate Haus

More than 70 locally made award winning cheeses, imported candy, tea, cookies and coffee. Ice cream, homemade fudge, wine, custom gift boxes and shipping.

Maple Leaf Cheese Sales

Over 70 varieties and styles of locally made cheese. Fresh cheese curds, gift boxes, cheese trays, ice cream, sausage. Shipping of cheese and gift boxes.

Max's Threads

Specializing in men's clothing. From casual to dress - something for every occasion. Tue - Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Thu: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Minhas Craft Brewery

Shop for the perfect gift or souvenir! At the Minhas Craft Brewery Gift Shop you'll find affordable priced merchandise for your family, friends and yourself. From sweatshirt, t-shirts, polo shirts to variety of beer glasses and neon beer signs. Did we mention growlers and key chains and much more? Visit the website for hours of operation.

Monroe Antiques Mall

  • 1001 - 1003 16th Ave.
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.328.8000

3 floors in two buildings.

Monroe Art Market

New Glarus Bakery

Hearth breads, pastries, nut horns, custom cakes, holiday stollen, cookies, Swiss specialties, donuts, mail order shipping.

Orange Kitten Yarn

Fine hand knitting and crochet yarns, needles, and accessories. Jocelyn Kline, proprietor.

Pinnow Pharmacy

Collectibles, candles, gifts, Hallmark merchandise, over the counter drugs, and complete pharmacy services.

Quilts and Harnesses

  • N5049 Hwy. 104
  • Albany, WI 53502
  • 608.897.4524

Beta, Bio Plastic, and Nylon Harnesses. Custom quilting. Emanuel and Edna Helmuth - proprieters.

Railroad Street Boutique

Opened June 2017 - Fashion store featuring famous makers like Brighton and Vera Bradley and many other favorite lines that were being featured in sister store Brenda's Blumenladen.

Rainbow Confections

Rainbow Confections opened in the summer of 2012 in the historic Ruf's Confectionery building in downtown Monroe. With antique tin ceilings and an original 1908 marble bar, a visit to our store is like a trip back in time. We offer old-fashioned malts, rich fudge, nostalgic candies, and we make a wide variety of gourmet popcorn and many flavors of cotton candy. We are open 7 days a week, year round. Our cheerful staff would love to help satisfy your sweet tooth or custom make unique and memorable gifts for everyone on your list.

Rusty Raven

Locally owned mercantile that defies description by partnering with local artisans and offering items that appeal to men and to the women who shop for men, as well as to those looking for something unique and different.
The store aims to be a place where you never know what you may discover. A place that draws in locals and travelers, alike. An edgy place that is welcoming, but not pandering, and unapologetically funny.
With uncommon goods like handcrafted knives and axes made with Damascus steel, Great Lakes driftwood creations from Willie's Wild Works, and one-of-a-kind tie-dye masterpieces from The Cursing Hippies Tie-dyes, you're sure to find something you can make your own that no one else has, and at a fair and reasonable price.
The taproom and balcony are now open, and we invite you to quench your thirst while you shop. We are serving locally brewed, ice cold lagers, ales, other highly drinkable fermentations and unique soft drinks.

Silver-Lewis Cheese Co-op

Cheese for sale! Factory direct.

St. Vincent de Paul

  • 501 - 1st. Ave.
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.329.7837

Re-sale items.

Stonehall Bicycle

  • Corner of 15th Ave. and 10th St. (921 - 15th Ave.)
  • Monroe, WI 53566

Open 11 am - 6 pm.

Sugar River Gallery

Fine art, books, gifts, portraits, photography, pottery, furniture, Navajo folk art, jewelry.

Sugar River Guitar Repair and Sales

  • 2 West Main St.
  • Belleville, WI
  • 608.424.1233

A fast turn around and professional work completed on time and on budget. We service acoustic and electric guitars, basses, and other stringed instruments. Neck adjustments, fret work & replacement (including recrowning & fret board re-radius), nut & bridge work, intonation set up, pickups installed, tuners replaced, bridge & neck repairs and replacement are our specialties!

We can also replace switches and other minor pedal, effects, and electronic instrument repairs. If you need speakers replaced, custom road cases built, or other specialized constructed case needs give us a call too!

We also have used electric and acoustic guitars, basses, and mandolins for sale, starting at $100.00. Many different brands including: • Fender • Epiphone • Ibanez • Fender Squire • Savannah • Teisco • Kay • Custom "Frankenstein".

Swiss Colony Outlet Stores

Bargain prices on specialty foods (cheese, sausage, pastries) and also items from the Swiss Colony Family of catalogs - furniture, home decor, fashions, cookware, etc. Call ahead or check the website to confirm hours of operation.

The Bike Haus

  • 480 - 14th Ave.
  • Monroe, WI 53566
  • 608.293.6791

Bike sales and repairs.

Swimming Pools

Brodhead Pool

Green County YMCA

Day passes available for non-members: youth $5, students/seniors/military $8, adults $13, family $16.

Monroe Pool

Monticello Pool

New Glarus Pool

Walking Tour

Murder Mystery Walking Tour

Get your Mystery & History fix this summer! Join local Monroe author Bill Ross for a walking tour with nine stops combining the history, architecture and beauty of Monroe with the drama and suspense of his seven-book murder mystery series. Tours are 10 AM on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from June to October. Tickets available at Monroe Chamber of Commerce office. Tickets are $15.00 or 2 for $25.00. Tours are approximately 75 minutes and will begin and conclude at Monroe Chamber of Commerce Office 1505 9th Street, Monroe, WI. To make arrangements in advance for small groups, call 608.325.7648

Tales Around Town - Self-Guided Walking Tour Monroe

Copper kettles and four-star generals...Monroe has some interesting bits of history! Download the walking tour info and map for more info for 8 stops highlighting everything from murder to petits fours!

Winery

Bailey's Run Vineyard

Come and visit New Glarus's newest attraction with wine tastings daily, featuring artfully hand crafted wines along with award winning cheese and sausage. Enjoy time on our expansive porch overlooking the beautiful rolling hills of Green County while you sip, savor and relax. You might even get to meet our friendly golden-doodle Bailey, cheers from Bailey's Run! Located just one minute west of downtown New Glarus at the Corner of Klitzke Rd. & Hwy 39.

Hawk's Mill Winehaus

Also visit their original winery and vineyard - Hawk's Mill Winery (W8170 Pilz Road - Browntown).

Hawk's Mill Winery

Reds, whites, and fruit wines - everything from dry to sweet. The wine tasting room has the feel of a cozy log cabin, with the added bonus of a truly spectacular view. Varietals in the vineyard include Frontenac Gris, Marquette, and Petite Pearl. Nestled between the vineyard's hills is a small pond with a windmill where a pair of Red Tail Hawks frequently perch - thus the name for the winery - which is located southeast of Cadiz Springs Recreation Area.

Minhas Winery

Wine tasting and food pairing. Dragon's Tears Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a variety of fruit wines.

*Remember to call ahead for Wine pairing reservations.

A NEW EXPERIENCE!

Kelch Aviation Museum

Kelch Aviation Museum in Brodhead opens the doors to their brand new state-of-the-art hangar where you can step back in time to the "golden age of aviation". Imagine the biggest garage you've ever seen, but it's been furnished by F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Smithsonian Institute. Peek inside an airplane wing, try your hand at steering, and don an aviator's helmet. See vintage airplanes like a Travel Air with a direct link to Charles Lindbergh, and learn how pilots navigated in the dark before the days of radar.