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Open: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
795 N Main St. Viroqua, WI 54665

Lt. Col. Cyrus M. Butt built one of Viroqua's oldest homes in the federal style in 1890, after his valiant service in the Civil War. He and his wife, Margaret (McAuley), raised their five children in this home and left it to their daughter, Jane. Lt. Col. Butt went on to distinguish himself in his law practice and public service. Lt. Col. Butt was a progressive thinker and was ahead of his time.

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Lt. Col. Cyrus M. Butt

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Orbec and Hilda Sherry

Orbec and Hilda Sherry purchased this house from Jane Butt in 1947, furnishings intact. Orbec Sherry was well known for the breeding of the famous Brown Swiss cow, Jane of Vernon, "Queen Mother" of the breed, and his international cattle trading.

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Jane of Vernon pictured at the age of 11

Hilda Sherry was active in many community organizations such as church, 4-H, and local theater productions. She also enjoyed being hostess and entertaining in her home the many international business associates of her husband.

Upon Mr. Sherry's death in 1988, the Vernon County Historical Society purchased the home and its furnishings.

Parlor

Parlor

Sewing Room

Sewing Room

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Cook Stove

Cook Stove

Children's Bedroom

Children's Bedroom

The Sherry-Butt house is also open by appointment by calling (608) 637-7396. A Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Social is held annually on the lawn on the 4th of July.