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Mayville is located on the Rock River in Dodge County, the historic gateway to the Horicon Marsh.

Walk along the banks of the Rock River and through our community filled with preserved historic homes and a variety of architectural styles. Stroll through Mayville's historic downtown to experience an array of unique shops, services, and restaurants. Explore this sportsman and naturalist's dream where fishing, hunting, bird watching, exploring and hiking are all complimentary leisure activities throughout the area.

Visitors to the 1878 Hollenstein Wagon and Carriage Factory will find six original wagons and a carriage manufactured here, along with historical items and photographs of Mayville's past. Also featured is a home constructed in 1876 and furnished in period style with a millinery display, clothing and toy collections, a fire house with artifacts of Mayville's Fire Department, memorabilia from Mayville's churches, and depictions of an early barber shop and the Brunke Cigar Factory.

Housed in a magnificent 1857-1877 Greek Revival building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Mayville Limestone School Museum presents glimpses of the past displayed in ten rooms and galleries, including a furnished and restored 19th Century classroom, the Edgar G. Mueller Photo Gallery, Hugo Fenske Wild Game Room, Elsmer Pieper's Boy Scout Memorabilia, the Charles Henderson Collection of Indian Relics, the Dick Ruedebusch Jazz Exhibit, the Cap Blohm Art Gallery, Ted Bachhuber's African Collection, and the "When Iron Was King" History Room.

Horicon Marsh

The Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the world. Located in southeastern Wisconsin, this vast wetland is less than an hour's drive from both Milwaukee and Madison. While the marsh is renowned for its migrant flocks of Canadian Geese, it is also home to nearly 300 other species of birds.

The Horicon Marsh was carved by glaciers, harnessed and hampered by man, and finally given back to nature. Hundreds of thousands of waterfowl each year and the 500,000 annual visitors who enjoy their presence are a testament to the preservation efforts of recent years and prompted the construction of a state-of-the-art educational center.

The famous avian resting place that sprawls over 31,653 acres, mostly in Dodge County, has not changed much in recent decades, but the history of this internationally significant wetland is as fascinating and diverse as the wildlife that call it home.


Entering Widmer's Cheese Cellars in the tiny town of Theresa, Wis., is like stepping back in time. Adorned with the flags of Swiss cantons on the outside, the plant inside affords visitors a close-up look at the making of some of the Dairy State's best, most classic cheese varieties. For more, visit:

Confections For Any Occasion is a chocolate shop, restaurant and more located in downtown Theresa WI. Founded by Joel Bernhard, Confections For Any Occasion makes gourmet, novelty, and holiday themed chocolates fresh daily. For more, visit:

Regular tours of Widmer's Cheese Cellars and Confections For Any Occasion are available - ask our friendly staff for more information.

Dodge County

Dodge County's many lakes and streams provide four seasons of outdoor fun, including downhill & cross-country skiing, water skiing, ice fishing, sailing, boating, canoeing, swimming and duck hunting. The county is crossed by hundreds of miles of hiking, bicycling, snowmobiling, ATV, horseback riding and cross-country ski trails ranging in difficulty from the easy grade of the well-groomed Wild Goose Trail to the marked but ungroomed cross-country trail through the Horicon Marsh. Altogether, Dodge County boasts more than 500 miles of trails connecting to corridor trails in Dane, Columbia, Fond du Lac and Washington Counties.