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Stonefield Village Field Trip

  • June 25, 2020
  • Cassville, Wi
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  • Registration fee includes Badger Bus travel w/Wi-Fi, park admission and a guided tour. Lunch is NOT included; bring your own picnic lunch and beverages. Member ($45) plus Guest ($54) will cost a total of $99. Registration deadline: June 11.

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Join us for a tour of historic  Stonefield Village, located on the banks of the Mississippi River near Cassville, Wisconsin.  Stonefield, a Wisconsin Historical Society site, recreates a Wisconsin settlers village and a homestead from the late 19th century and includes the Governor Nelson Dewey home.

Upon arrival at Stonefield we will be met by our guides and interpreters who will take us on a tour of the village shops and farmstead.  Experience the stories that cultivated Wisconsin’s scenic countryside.    Enjoy hands-on learning and tend to live farm animals at the 1901 Progressive Farm House and then stroll through thirty shops and factories in the turn-of-the-century 1900 Farming Village.

Wisconsin Agricultural Museum

Explore Wisconsin’s largest collection of farm tools, models, and machinery and see the largest collection of McCormick equipment in the world at the Wisconsin Agricultural Museum.   Learn about Wisconsin farming, large and small, featuring everything from hand held tools for wild rice harvesting and bean planting to large farming machines.

Governor Nelson Dewey Home

Interior of Governor Nelson Dewey Home

Following a picnic lunch we will continue the tour of Stonefield and then cross the road for a guided tour of the home of  Nelson Dewey.  Discover the fascinating story of Wisconsin’s first governor, his family, and his farm.  After serving as governor, Dewey, his wife Catherine, and their children, Kate and Nettie, returned to Cassville and lived in a Gothic Revival home on a 2,000 acre agricultural estate.

Before returning to Madison and weather permitting, our bus drives us into Nelson Dewey State Park where it climbs the bluff where you will have a spectacular view of the Mississippi River Valley.

Background Information


Nelson Dewey State Park

Early History of Wisconsin

Nelson Dewey

Wisconsin's Agricultural History

Exploring Wisconsin's Agricultural History

Lunch is on your own

Please note you should bring your own picnic lunch and drink as well as snacks for the bus trip.  We will have a picnic lunch outdoors on the tables scattered about the village or, if it rains, at tables inside the restored farm barn.   There is not time to visit a restaurant.

We plan to provide a cooler in which you may keep those portions of your lunch that require chilling and you might also bring a small insulated lunch bag with ice-pack and include snacks and drinks for yourself on the bus. It is a long day and it can be warm in late June.


You must climb steps to board and exit the bus and for some shops in the village although most are fully accessible. The walk up to the Dewey house is a gentle paved uphill grade; ask the organizer in advance of the trip so arrangements can be made to facilitate this walk. Wear comfortable walking shoes as we will tour for over two hours. The village is partially unpaved gravel or lawn, open park and yard.


Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.

– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.

– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.

Leave Madison

7:15 AM     Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding

7:30 AM     Departs East Towne Sears

7:45 AM     Departs Capitol Lakes

8:30 AM     Departs Oakwood West                          

In Stonefield

10:30 AM     Arrives Stonefield for tour

12:15-1:15 PM  Your sack lunch at Stonefield

1:15 PM      Continue tour of Stonefield

2:45 PM      Departs Stonefield for State Park overlook

3:30 PM      Departs for Madison

Return to Madison (Estimate)

5:30 PM        Arrives Oakwood West

5:50 PM        Arrives at Capitol Lakes

6:20 PM        East Towne Sears

Non-Member Policy:   Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer.  Non-member guests pay an additional $9.00 registration fee.

PLATO Membership:  PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1.  If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60.  If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.

Mail-In Registration Form:   Stonefield Mail-in Registration Form coming soon

For further information contact Stonefield Trip Organizer:  Mike Roy at michaelroy@wisc.edu or 608-443-9563

PLATO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in association with:

For more information about PLATO, contact:

Edie Urness-Pondillo
UW-Madison Continuing Studies
21 N. Park St, 7th Floor, Madison, WI 53715
Email: info@platomadison.org
Phone: 608-262-5823
Fax: 608-265-4555

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