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History Sites – Prescott

Welcome and Heritage Center

235 Broad Street N

The center, which houses the Prescott Chamber of Commerce and area history exhibits, is located in the H. S. Miller Bank Building completed in 1885 and now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St Joseph’s Catholic Church

269 Dakota Street S

Built in 1912 on a bluff above the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, the church towers above Prescott’s downtown. Twin domed steeples make it a long recognized landmark at the head of Wisconsin’s Great River Road.

Freedom Park/Great River Road Visitors & Learning Center

200 Monroe Street

View the Upper Mississippi for miles from this bluff top site just west of Hwy 35 south of downtown Prescott. It provides paved paths, outdoor interpretive kiosks, and interactive history, culture and nature displays.

Daniel Smith House

331 N. Lake Street

(west side of Hwy 10 just north of downtown)

Also known as the Mitchell House, this privately owned Greek Revival house was built in 1853 by early resident and gunsmith, Daniel Smith. The house served as one of Prescott’s first private schools and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Closed to the Public.

Prescott Clock Tower

Corner of Main Street and Hwy 10

The brick tower was completed in 2006 and houses the rebuilt 1937 Seth Thomas clock that stood in the belfry of the old Prescott High School on Elm Street.

H. S. Miller Bank Building

235 Broad Street

This example of Romanesque Italiante architecture was built in 1885, used as a bank until 1903, and later, from 1944 to 1991 as the Prescott City Hall. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and now serves as the Welcome and Heritage Center.

Hilton Doe House

606 Lake Street

Built in 1854 by Prescott pioneer and real estate promoter, Hilton Doe, this house remained in the Doe family until 1867. It changed hands several times before Julius Knoblach bought it in 1895. The Knoblach family inhabited it until 1952. A 1994 restoration by Glenn and Carla Webster made the pages of Country Home magazine as one of the area’s best examples of Greek Revival architecture.

Prescott United Church of Christ

206 Locust Street N.

The oldest continuing church in Prescott, the U.C.C. was organized as a Congregational Church across the St. Croix River in Point Douglas, Minnesota in 1852. The growing congregation moved to Prescott and began construction of its first building in 1856. Problems with its locally produced brick made replacement of the building necessary by 1915. The larger structure, still standing, is made of cut limestone and brick. The art glass windows are the originals. An addition was built in 1962.