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Wood National Cemetery and the Soldiers Home Field Trip
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$25.00 – $30.00
Our trip will highlight two of Milwaukee’s most important historic sites. Wood National Cemetery, located on 50 acres next to one of the state’s busiest highways, hosts more than 40,000 interments. The cemetery was established in 1871 as a final resting place for former soldiers. A quiet, serene beauty exists here at any time of the year.
We will also visit the grounds of the Soldiers Home. Established in 1867, this complex of around 30 buildings is on the National Register of Historic Places. Once dedicated to the care of Civil War solders, recent major renovations in six buildings have been completed, and they are now providing housing to veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.
This trip will be led by Tom Finley, Director of Education, who brings additional knowledge from his three summers as a Civil War battlefield historian in Fredericksburg, Virginia. As we hike, we will also discuss Wisconsin geologic history. This entire community sits atop the famed Niagara Escarpment of Silurian Dolomite, which has exposures of the rock face just above American Family Field.
Expect to hike approximately two miles over paved terrain with a few steep hills.
The field trip begins and ends at Wood National Cemetery. In order to maintain social distancing, you will need to provide your own transportation. Restroom facilities are available at the park office. Further details and directions will be emailed to registered participants prior to the trip.
This program will take place entirely outdoors. Please read our current mask policy before participation.
Members: $25 | Non-members: $30