WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Birthplace of a Great State
Council and Court houses

Closed for the Season

Closed for the Season

First Capitol is closed for the season. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back in May for the 2022 season. In the meantime, continue exploring Wisconsin history year-round at Wade House, the Wisconsin Historical Museum and through other Historical Society Events.

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Discover the rugged origins of the first capitol of Wisconsin Territory, where legislators built the framework of law and order that evolved into our current state government.
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Kids standing in front of a building at First Capital

Before Madison became Wisconsin’s capital, the first territorial legislature met in the picturesque hamlet of Belmont to chart a path to statehood.

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EXPLORE FIRST CAPITOL


COUNCIL HOUSE

See the Council House where territorial legislation was debated and voted on in 1836.
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COURT HOUSE

Visit the Court House to learn about early Wisconsin history.
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ABOUT US

Learn about the birthplace of the Wisconsin Territorial Government.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.
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Join us for programs and events

The Wisconsin Historical Society and its historic sites and museums host programs and events for all year long. From fun family adventures, interactive workshops, young adult mixers, and book talks, there’s always something new to explore virtually and in person across the state.

a digital flyer that reads "182 years since first captiol's buildings were used to create wisonsin's territorial government"
a digital flyer that reads "19 towns considered and debated here before madison was named the wisconsin territorial capitol"

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