Welcome to Milton
We invite you to discover our history, hike and bike our wooded trails, boat and fish our lakes, taste a new wine or two, dine at a local supper club or old-fashioned pub, shop one of our boutiques or attend a fun event! Milton is steeped in history and unique opportunities for visitors. It is a friendly, engaging and delightful small town with interesting historic attractions, natural beauty, charming shops, restaurants, and wineries. This community of less than 6,000 is located about 30 minutes north of the Illinois border and just minutes from I39/90 when you use exit 171 A.
Walk through the Milton College Historic District, where former college buildings constructed in the mid-1800s are still intact and have taken on new life. Main Hall Museum, a focal point of the former campus, is keeping the spirit of Milton College alive through self-guided tours of the college’s history. Traveling one mile west, you will find the “Junction” that developed with the railroad during the late 1850s, thus giving Milton two distinct business districts that afford today’s travelers the opportunity to experience a variety of specialty shopping. Tour the National Historic Landmark Milton House Museum, an 1844 stagecoach inn and authenticated stop on the Underground Railroad that sheltered men and women on their path to freedom from slavery. On this tour, walk the very path of history as you travel through the same secret passageway that ushered freedom seekers to shelter on the Underground Railroad.
Attend the Civil War Living History Days held annually in May to explore the soldiers, encampment and Underground Railroad, meet Abraham Lincoln, view cannon demonstrations, and more.
Whether you like to hike, bike, backpack, kayak, swim, snowshoe, or snowmobile, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to appreciate the natural beauty of the outdoors found along Milton’s segment of the National Scenic Ice Age Trail, Glacial River Trail or Rock River Trail. If you prefer swimming, boating, kayaking, or fishing, plan to visit Milton’s Clear Lake, Storrs Lake or Lake Koshkonong. If it’s a leisurely stroll, picnic or fun playground for the kids you’re looking for, plan to visit Crossridge Park. For a round of Disc Golf check out King Park Disc Golf Course & Sledding Hill. Schilberg Park also offers a fun playground and sports fields. There's lots of fun for the kiddos at the Goodrich Square Splash Pad and Fido will love getting out to enjoy the 15+ acres of doggie delight at Tails n Trails Dog Park.
Sip, Shop, Dine
Relax and enjoy! Milton is home to three unique wineries, Northleaf Winery, Timber Hill Winery and nearby Fermenting Cellars, where you can explore tastings, special activities and a variety of events. For the latest fashion, furnishings, fabric and decor, shop Milton’s charming shops and boutiques like Farmhouse Finds, Hattie & Elsie, Pene Jenta, Loose Threads quilt shop, Milton General Store, Sunny + Olive & Red Rooster. Discover a variety of dining options including Buckhorn Supper Club, Frederick’s Supper Club, Petit’s Lakeview , Junction Pub, Ice ShanTea, Cafe 26 and Sharla's Coffee Stop.
Festivals & Events
A variety of fun festivals and events are featured year-round in Milton including Civil War Living History Festival, held annually in May, the Independence Day Celebration, summer Concerts on the Lawn at The Gathering Place, held monthly and the MACC Pork Roast is held each year in August.
If you're looking for comfortable yet affordable overnight lodging that is also unique and charming, then we've got two ideal options for you to choose from.
Northleaf Winery's Guest House is a lovely option for a night, a weekend, or a week. Elegant accommodations include a full suite in Tuscan decor with a king size bed, 2 flat screen tv's with cable, 2 electric fireplaces, jetted bathtub for 2, full living room and kitchen, computer with internet, laundry facility, private entrance, air conditioning, a day bed and single seperate bed.
Built in 1857, Goodrich Hall Guest House has a rich history. It was originally a dormitory used by the former Milton College, which was founded in 1844 by pioneers, including Milton's founder, Joseph Goodrich and closed in 1982. Now under the ownership of April and Nick Yohanek, the historic and lovely Milwaukee Cream Brick building is undergoing a transformation. Newly renovated guest suites provide charming accommodations.