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Our History

The Hollenstein Wagon and Carriage Factory was founded in Mayville, Wisconsin by John Hollenstein, who came to America in 1869 from Switzerland, moving to Mayville with his wife Dominica Zuest in 1873. The factory was operated by the Hollenstein family on this site from 1888 until 1941.

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Wagon & Carriage Factory

This former Hollenstein wagon factory houses displays of wagons, carriages and sleighs made in the factory, as well as other displays.

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Brunke Cigar Factory

The Brunke Cigar Factory was built in 1881 and was one of 5 cigar factories operating in Mayville around the turn of the century.

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The Firehouse

Built in 1874, this original fire house was moved several times, finally coming to rest on Museum grounds in 1978.

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Hollenstein House

The six downstairs rooms of the home contain antique furnishings, clothing and pictures. The five upstairs rooms house special exhibits, including vintage quilts…

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