Crosse House fundraiser

The goal is to raise enough money to restore the upstairs of the Dr. Charles Crosse House.

The Sun Prairie Historical Restorations Inc. Board is proud to announce a long-awaited fundraiser to begin work restoring the Dr. Charles Crosse House. The goal is to raise enough money to restore the upstairs to the way it was when the Dr. Charles Crosse family lived in it.

The fundraiser is Friday, July 31 and Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (rain or shine) at 133 W. Main St, Sun Prairie. Half-price sale on Saturday after 12 p.m.

Parking behind the house (the Sun Prairie Utility Commission lot) or on the street. Participants must follow social distancing rules (in force at the time of the sale) and face masks must be worn.

More information about the sale, items for sales, and the Crosse House history, visit www.crossehouse.com.

Members have graciously donated items for the sale. The first floor is loaded with items such as antiques, furniture, kitchenware, glassware, office supplies, electronics, crafts, dolls, seasonal, books galore, bedding, linens, collectibles, artwork, homemade gift cards, and a lot more!

Outside there will be tents of games and toys, Wisconsin games and accessories, lawn and garden, doll houses, miniatures, a 50’s bouncy horse, bicycle, tools, clothing, sports items, picture frames, and more.

The Dr. Charles G. Crosse house is a fine, highly intact “T” plan side gable vernacular form residence whose design was influenced by the Gothic Revival style. Dr. Crosse moved to Sun Prairie in 1860, setting up a practice there and also establishing a drugstore. Crosse built this home circa 1866, following his return from service in the Civil War, and he and members of his family continued to live there until after his death in 1908.

Did you know the house is used for a lot more than just rentals? The house is used for school tours, Christmas tree decorating by local students, art and craft shows, historical events, etc. The kitchen was updated to accommodate the rental needs, but now it’s time to restore the upstairs so guests visiting the historic house can see what bedrooms were like back in those days. Members and area residents have donated beautiful antique furniture and décor, that will be on display in a setting that takes the visitor back in time.

If you have questions, please contact crossehouse@gmail.com.

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