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In this photo from the Historical Society's collection, John Moffat Hughes is seated at the piano with his three children. The group includes, from left, Mary, John, holding his son John Ingram, and Margaret. The children all were born in the Octagon House and were the fourth (and final) generation of the Moffat/Hughes family to grow up in the house.

Free tours for Dad at the Octagon House

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The St. Croix County Historical Society will offer special Father's Day tour of the Octagon House Museum on Sunday, June 16, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Families are invited to take a guided tour and fathers are admitted free when accompanied by a child of any age.

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Fathers can enjoy the unique architecture and features of the Octagon House and the collection of farming tools, blacksmith equipment, carpentry tools, and much more in the Garden House. The Carriage House gift shop is open during regular tour hours.

The 2013 museum theme of "One House, One Family, One Hundred Years" highlights the four generations of the Moffat-Hughes family who lived in the historic Octagon House. Learn about the original owners John and Nancy Moffat, who built the house in 1855, all the way to their great-grandchildren one hundred years later.

Admission for adults is $7; students are $3 and children are $2.Anyone with questions, or would like to schedule a group tour (10 or more people), call the Octagon House at (715) 386-2654.

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