Okauchee House

34880 Lake Dr., Okauchee, Wisconsin



The Okauchee House was a stage coach stop in the important days when it was necessary to travel, by coach, from Milwaukee to Madison. It is of a unique construction style that is either the last one, or the only one ever built, in Wisconsin - at least, according to the survey.

It is located on the main intersection of Okauchee and was available when I visited - in case you would like to own a landmark that is crying out to be a bed and breakfast again.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning May 2012




The hostelry which dates from the days of the stagecoach lines of Wisconsin is interesting from a structural stand point. The entire exterior walls and some of the cross partitions are constructed of 2x6 inch timbers placed flatwise, one on top of the other; through every 6 courses a wooden dowel is extended. This is the only building of this type found in Wisconsin. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 11, 1978
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Transportation; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1850; 1851
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • August 21, 2012: New photos from J.R. Manning