One of the activities at the Sunset Soiree was a “meet and greet” with Old World’s new team of Belgian Horses. (Dave Dresdow photo)

It’s the foundation’s exclusive event at Old World Wisconsin

The Old World Foundation raised $16,000 for historic restoration projects at Old World Wisconsin at the recent Sunset Soiree event.

Old World Wisconsin, W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle, is an outdoor living history attraction with more than 60 historic buildings, 100 animals, 20 heirloom gardens, and nearly 100 costumed facilitators and volunteers who bring history to life for about 60,000 visitors each year.

The historic buildings that stand at Old World Wisconsin were relocated from towns and villages around Wisconsin to be preserved. These buildings set the stage for interactive historic exploration to begin.

Only 152 tickets were available to the exclusive event that organizers say will become an annual tradition.

Guests enjoyed Italian and German appetizers and entertainment in the Crossroads Village at Old World Wisconsin complete with wine, beer, handcrafted root beer, iced tea and coffee.

In addition, guests could have their picture taken, meet the new team of Belgian Horses, play a historic game, and tour the Irish Immigrant Home to see first-hand the need to restore and preserve these historic treasures.

Following the cocktail hour, guests were treated to live dinner music and a three- course meal catered by The Black Sheep, Whitewater, paired with wine from Staller Estate Winery, Delavan, or beer from Sprecher Brewery. Restoration Rhubarb Punch was also served.

After dinner a live auction with nine destination packages/experiences and a paddle-raise for historic restoration projects took place.

Gwen Griffin, executive director of Old World Foundation, said she was thrilled the new event was so well received by those who support Old World Wisconsin through Old World Foundation.

Those interested in attending next year should mark their calendars for Aug. 8, 2020, when a different project or program will be highlighted.

Named as one of the “Top 10 History Attractions in the United States” by Family Tree Magazine, Old World Wisconsin offers an interactive experience for all visitors.

For a full list of activities and programs, visit the Old World Wisconsin website at

Founded in 1984, Old World Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports projects and programs at Old World Wisconsin.

To learn about how you can help support Old World Wisconsin through Old World Foundation, visit the Old World Foundation website at


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