Welcome to Hawks Inn
This Greek Revival Inn, built by Nelson P. Hawks, has been described as an “unsurpassed example of an early stagecoach stop.” It was the center of social and political life in the frontier village of Delafield, Wisconsin. Built two years before Wisconsin became a state, Hawks Inn welcomed farmers in search of a homestead, trappers, traders, territorial politicians, and miners in search of a strike in the lead mines of western Wisconsin.
Renovated and refurbished as a historic site, Hawks Inn is a Wisconsin Landmark on the National Register of Historic Sites and open for public tours. Modern visitors will find it easy to imagine themselves as pioneer travelers when they step across the threshold of Delafield’s historic Hawks Inn.
Recognizing the Hawks Inn as a place of significant historical and cultural interest and educational opportunity, it shall be the mission of the Hawks Inn Historical Society to:
- Preserve the Inn in its curatorial state (approximately 1845-1865) in order that visitors can better understand the time and culture in which it flourished.
- Maximize the educational opportunities offered by the Inn by attracting visitors through a well maintained Visitors’ Center and such events as the society may deem in keeping with the historical character of the Inn.
- Raise such funds as necessary to advance the mission of the Society in a manner consistent with the historical character of the Inn.