Consistently ranked as a favorite small town getaway by visitors,
Cedarburg's natural beauty provides the perfect setting for a
day of antiquing and shopping. Fascinating specialty stores,
charming restaurants, cozy taverns, gracious historic
inns and a full calendar of festivals, entertainment and
special events combine to make Cedarburg irresistible!
And it's only 20 minutes north of Milwaukee.
Visiting Cedarburg is like journeying back 150 years,
for many of the limestone and cream city brick buildings
from that era remain unchanged.
Landmark preservation has
become a commitment of the entire community and is a point
of pride for newcomers as well as founding families.
From its birth as a village in the 1840s, the source of
Cedarburg's vigor was Cedar Creek, along which German and
Irish immigrants built five dams and mills.
Two local quarries provided the Niagara limestone
used to construct many of the churches,homes and mills that
The first settlers lived in log shanties and the main street,
Washington Avenue, was just a dirt road.
The coming of the
railroad in 1870 accelerated growth and prosperity.
Cedarburg's downtown Washington Avenue area is listed in the
National Register of Historic Places, with over 100 buildings
considered historically significant.
The adjacent Columbia Road
Historic District is listed on the National
and State Registers of Historic Places and includes nearly 130 significant structures.