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For sale: 5 homes on historic register

Muscoda, Wis.
Muscoda, Wis. © Photo courtesy of
  • Price: $249,900

This Queen Anne home, started in 1897, sits on three-quarters of an acre in Muscoda, about 60 miles west of Madison, Wis.

Why it's on the register: Built by local lumber baron John Young, it shows off some of the finest hardwoods and construction techniques.

What makes it memorable: While the entire house is a well-preserved glimpse into the 1890s, "the staircase to the second floor is spectacular," says Bill Bartlett, sales agent with AreaWide Realty (in Richland Center). He lives in the house.

"It's an open, all-wood staircase in the grand style," he says. "And it's the first thing you see when you walk in the front door."

The home, currently the Victorian Rose Bed and Breakfast, has period woodwork, large windows, three porches and hardwood floors using a variety of woods, Bartlett says. The formal dining room features a working coal fireplace and period wainscoting. The old-fashioned parlor has an electric fireplace and a "huge chandelier," he says.

The updated kitchen includes an island with sink, double ovens and exposed brick arches.

At 4,400 square feet, the home has three bedrooms, plus a study and four bathrooms, says Bartlett. And the period furnishings are also included with the house.


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