Best Historical Restoration Project: Heritage Hill State Park – Fort Howard Guard House

LocationHeritage Hill State Park recently was voted as the Best place to Explore Nature in Wisconsin State Parks. Voters, made up of members of the Friends of Wisconsin Stand Parks, awarded the Gold Seal Awards to ten Wisconsin State Parks, trails and forests.  The awards were presented during the October Annual Banquet held at Horicon Marsh.
“Living history"  is experienced at this 48-acre, outdoor museum in Green Bay. The park features 25 structures from Wisconsin's past — the fur trade in 1762, Fort Howard in 1836, small towns in 1871, and ethnic farms in 1905.
**In June of 2013, a $2.1 million capital campaign features the preservation of the Guard House and the reproduction of its twin, the Commanding Officer’s Office.
Reproducing this entrance with partial flanks of stockade to each side will add a new sense of import and functional entrance to the Fort area as well as lower level jail cells. Additional work includes elevating the Fort Howard Hospital and the School House to correct for poor water drainage and create a level parade ground. The parade ground is a common gathering, lunching and programing space for school tours and summer camps. Other key initiatives in this campaign are the provision for a dedicated Guard House interpreter for ten years and solid sustainability funding for ongoing maintenance and operation of the Fort Howard area.
Construction has begun, starting with laying the foundations for the Guard House and Commanding Officer’s Office. At present, $1.4 million has been raised through the campaign.

**Excerpted from, Spring 2013 Newsletter – Heritage Hill Herald. 
Heritage Hill State Park Web Site.