Cedarburg WI Digital Publication


Cedarburg, Wisconsin, located 30 minutes northwest of Milwaukee, is a small city bursting with historic charm, a vibrant arts community and a scenic backdrop that is second to none.

Welcome from the staff, board and members of the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce. Our community with all its uniqueness offers family-oriented entertainment and recreation for both our residents and our out-of-town guests. Let this guide be your first inside peek into Cedarburg and then bring it along when you visit, or keep it out as a conversation piece on your living-room table.

Our beautifully preserved downtown district, bursting with an eclectic selection of specialty shops, trendy pubs and restaurants, museums and historic inns, is the place to spend a day, weekend or a lifetime.

For more information, look us up at Cedarburg.org and follow us on Facebook, or simply contact us at the Chamber Office and Visitor Center.

Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center
N58 W6194 Columbia Rd
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-5856

Chamber of Commerce

The Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, with over 300 members, is committed to protecting the economic future of Cedarburg’s business community. We preserve the healthy living and business climate in our community, and promote local business and our community with an active marketing effort. We do this by providing value to our members.


Ambassador Program
Educational Series (4 times a year)
Business Insiders (6 times a year)
Member Meetups (4 times a year)
Ozaukee Networking Exchange
Breakfasts/Luncheons (4 times a year)
Ozaukee Economic Development

All Chamber Events & Activities throughout the year

Visibility & Promotion

Visitor Center centrally located

in the heart of downtown

ChamberTalk e-Newsletter

ChitChat weekly news e-blast

Cedarburg Community Guide & Map

Annual Visitor & Events Guide

Chamber Website – Cedarburg.org

and Chamber Social Media

Chamber Gift Check Program

Sponsorship opportunities

with chamber events throughout

the year

Credibility, ResourceS & Advocacy

Cedarburg Visitor Center

Internet listing/linking

Tourism, Promotion & Development


Ozaukee Economic Development


Ozaukee County Tourism Council


Wisconsin Manufacturers &

Commerce Member

Communication Link with U.S.

Chamber of Commerce

Extranet partner with Wisconsin

Department of Tourism

Chamber Board of Directors

Chamber Board

Hank Beyer
Beyer’s True Value
W61 N278 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-1313

Vice President
Lois Roeske
Port Washington State Bank
W61 N526 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-0750

Nicole Thomas
W63 N688 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-7630

Laura Sellmann
Aurora Medical Center
975 Port Washington Rd.
Grafton WI 53024
(262) 329-4315

Anna Marie Armbruster
Armbruster Jewelers
W63 N620 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-0480

Erin Jodat
US Bank
N61 W6312 Turner St.
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-4540

Robert Kohlwey
Cedar Crest Ice Cream
7269 Hwy. 60
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 377-0400

Sandy Mantooth
Link-IT-Up, Inc.
W767 N222 Evergreen Blvd., Ste. 228
Cedarburg WI 53012
(414) 975-0368

Connie Niebauer
Cedar Creek Winery
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd.
Cedarburg WI 53012
(414) 377-8020

Tim Rhode
Administrator, Town of Cedarburg
1293 Washington Ave.
Cedarburg WI 53012

Collin Schaefer
Ogden Glazer + Schaefer
W62 N248 Washington Ave., B204
Cedarburg WI 53012
(262) 204-7870

Chamber Staff

Maggie Dobson
Executive Director

Lynn Neumann
Programs Coordinator

Elizabeth Albers
Tourism Coordinator

History of Cedarburg

Little did Cedarburg’s original settlers know that their handsome limestone and cream city brick structures constructed in the mid-19th century would stand the test of time. Today many of these original buildings remain unaltered, and serve as charming homes to numerous restaurants, shops, galleries and other local attractions.

Ludwig Groth, who built his home along the banks of Cedar Creek in 1842, was the first recorded settler of Cedarburg. Two years later, other settlers purchased a tract of land from Groth and established a grist mill, which remains a distinguished element of Cedarburg’s skyline today. Located on the banks of Cedar Creek, the grist mill is currently home to several businesses and a microbrewery whose walkway entrance spans the rushing waters of the creek.

Four additional dams and mills were constructed in the following years, centralizing the life of the fledgling town along the banks of Cedar Creek. Built in 1864, the Wittenberg Mill stood as the sole woolen mill west of Philadelphia to produce worsted yarns. The original mill buildings on Bridge Road still stand today, forming the historic Cedar Creek Settlement, and they house a variety of charming shops, restaurants and artists’ studios, as well as an award-winning winery.

Owing to the efforts of the Landmarks Commission and the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce, Cedarburg’s downtown Washington Avenue area was designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places in the mid-1980s. Adjacent to the downtown area is the Columbia Road Historic District, which was listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places in 1992. These commercial and residential districts are a must-see for visitors.

The Ozaukee County Historical Society makes its home in the “Interurban Depot,” a restored landmark that functioned as a depot for the electric rail lines from Milwaukee to Sheboygan from 1907 to 1947. The facility is the first stop for anyone researching family history, or wishing to access census records, statistics, maps and photographs.

Historical information is also available at the Cedarburg Visitor Center in its new home on Columbia Road, sharing space with the Cedarburg History Museum and the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce.

Things to Do in Cedarburg

With a beautifully preserved downtown district bursting with specialty boutiques, trendy pubs and restaurants, museums and historic inns, Cedarburg is a wonderful place to spend a day, a weekend or a lifetime. Add to the mix a thriving arts community and a full calendar of festivals, entertainment and special events … it is perhaps no wonder visitors consistently rank Cedarburg as one of Wisconsin’s best-loved small-town destinations.

Although many people come to Cedarburg to shop and relax in one of the charming bed-and-breakfast inns, Cedarburg prides itself on a variety of attractions that keep life interesting from day to day, season to season.
First stop for visitors might be the Cedarburg Visitor Center tucked inside the Cedarburg History Museum on Columbia Road across from the Grist Mill. While collecting information on what to see and do, visitors may also enjoy a trip down memory lane as they check out the Roger C. Christensen Collection of antique advertising and packaging art and marvel over photographs by former local historians that confirm many of Cedarburg’s buildings today look just as they did more than 150 years ago. Cedarburg is also home to one of the last covered bridges in the state of Wisconsin

Of course, thousands of visitors come specifically for the four free festivals, organized by Festivals of Cedarburg. Winter Festival is always held in February, Strawberry Festival in June, Wine & Harvest in September and last, but not least, Oktoberfest. More than 100,000 people have been known to throng the downtown area over a two-day period. To find out more about each individual festival, visit www.cedarburgfestival.org.

Renowned for community events such as the Fourth of July Hometown Celebration and the annual Christmas Tree lighting, visitors also enjoy the festive Pumpkin Walk on Halloween and the shopping during several themed events each year.

Then the holiday season is upon us. Beginning in November, shoppers strolling through the historic district are always enchanted by thousands of twinkling lights and gaily decorated shops throughout the downtown area. And adding to the Currier & Ives-like ambience is Santa’s Workshop, a veritable magnet to children of all ages. Visit www.cedarburgchristmas.com for a full list of holiday happenings, and you’ll understand why Cedarburg has become known as one of the most exciting Christmas destinations around.

A Cedarburg Christmas: Everyone’s Home for the Holidays

Cedarburg is beautiful throughout the year, but never more than during the holiday season! A hub of holiday activity, there is always something festive to do or see. The Cedarburg Christmas Committee, under the umbrella of Festivals of Cedarburg, Inc., gives a one-stop place for visitors and residents to learn about events from mid-November through December. The Christmas Committee also coordinates the popular Santa’s Workshop, where hundreds of families each year visit with Santa Claus for free. For more information, visit cedarburgchristmas.com.


What to Do in Cedarburg WI

Cedar Creek Settlement
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd.

Twenty-five shops, galleries and a working winery are located on the banks of Cedar Creek in this restored 1864 woolen mill, one of over 200 Cedarburg buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open daily.

Cedar Creek Winery
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd.

One of America’s most noted small regional wineries is located in Cedar Creek Settlement. Taste and enjoy award-winning wines, from delicate whites to robust reds, plus a variety of special, seasonal vintages. Guided tours offered throughout the day. Open daily.

Cedarburg Art Museum
W63 N675 Washington Ave.

Architectural 1898 gem offering changing exhibitions, classes and winning Plein Air paintings. Beer garden open during summer and fall. Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Cedarburg Covered Bridge
1700 Cedar Creek Rd.

One of the last wooden covered bridges in Wisconsin, located just north of Cedarburg in Covered Bridge Park. Great photo op, as well as a wonderful choice to picnic, fish and launch a canoe.

Cedarburg History Museum
N58W6194 Columbia Rd.

Cedarburg’s newest treasure features the Port Washington State Bank General Store, the Edward Rappold/Harold Dobberpuhl Historic Photo Collection, the Judy Jepson Collection and a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year. The Museum is also home to the Cedarburg Visitor Center and the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce.

Cedarburg Public Library
W63 N589 Hanover Ave.

The spacious 25,500-square-foot library is home to approximately 72,000 items, including book, audio books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and newspapers. Study rooms and a community room are available by reservation.

Cedarburg Woolen Mill & Textile Museum
W62 N580 Washington Ave.

Working textile museum with custom wool picking and carding on original 1860 machinery. Open by chance, or for appointments, call (414) 313-8765.

The Fermentorium Brewery & Tasting Room
7481 Hwy. 60

A craft brewery, complete with a 2500-square-foot tasting room. The microbrewery serves a wide variety of beers, from traditional to experimental.

Handen Distillery
W62 N590 Washington Ave.

New in 2019, Handen Distillery brings you the Spirit of Cedarburg! Featuring vodka, gin and whiskey distilled in Cedarburg, plus guided tours and cocktails, Handen is a must-stop for visitors.

Historic Hamilton
Hamilton Road

An 1840s community located along the Green Bay Ethnic Trail, Hamilton is a state historical site and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kuhefuss House Museum
W63 N627 Washington Ave.

This Greek-revival home, one of the oldest residences in Cedarburg, features memorabilia and photographs from the families that lived in the home from 1847 to 1989. Seasonal Programming and Guided Tours by appointment.

Ozaukee Art Center
W62 N718-730 Riveredge Dr.

A fine arts complex in one of Wisconsin’s oldest breweries, featuring exhibitions and workshops by national and international artists, as well as the work and sculpture of Paul J. Yank.

Ozaukee County Historical Society
Historic Interurban Depot
N57 W6406 Center St.

Interested in genealogy? Visitors will find a treasure trove of information, including detailed archives, census records, maps and photographs. Open Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the second and fourth Monday, 5 to 8 p.m.

Ozaukee Interurban Trail

Connecting historic downtowns with beautiful, natural landscapes, 30 miles of paved trail span the entire length of Ozaukee County.

The trail was designed for use by bicyclists, hikers, joggers and cross-country skiers, and is also designated as a Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail.

Rebellion Brewing
N57 W6172 Portland Rd.

Located in the lower level of the historic 1855 Grist Mill, Rebellion Brewing features its own beers, plus microbrews and imports. Beer garden overlooks Cedar Creek.

Rivoli Theater
W62 N567 Washington Ave.

The Rivoli Theater is the last remaining single-screen theater in Ozaukee County, and is staffed entirely by volunteers from the community. Admission ranges from $2 to $3.50.

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
N50 W5050 Portland Rd.

The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts is located on an 1850s farmstead, just east of downtown Cedarburg. The museum offers world-class exhibits, classes and events dedicated to the creation, education and preservation of the time-honored fiber arts traditions.


t’s not surprising that Cedarburg has been voted No. 1 for Best Shopping time and time again. The city’s historic downtown offers a multitude of shopping opportunities, and all are within easy walking distance of one another. All you have to do is park your car in one of the many parking lots dotted around town, grab your bag and off you go.

Don’t expect to find any big box stores in Cedarburg. Instead, saunter and browse your way along Washington Avenue, perhaps starting on the north end where it crosses Bridge Street, and start your day at the Cedar Creek Settlement. This restored 1864 woolen mill was saved from the wrecking ball by local residents Jim and Sandy Pape almost 50 years ago, and has been converted into a delightful mix of specialty shops, restaurants and an award-winning winery. Visit the cool, limestone cellars where Cedar Creek wine is fermented, aged and bottled, and be sure
to take the time to sample a glass or two.

Climb the stairs to Cedarburg’s oldest pottery shop (est. 1978) featuring a fine array of Wisconsin pottery, and browse through stores offering the latest in women’s apparel, artisan and European gift shops, artists’ studios and more. If you stop by the corner store that specializes in olive oils and balsamic vinegars, you might be lucky enough to catch one of its popular cooking classes. Then cross the street to check out the whimsical garden furniture made from recycled plastic which is so attractive you’ll want to bring it into your home.

Anyone with a sweet tooth might think they’ve died and gone to heaven as there is not one, but several stores catering specifically to candy lovers, each with its own specialty … think caramel apples covered in Belgian chocolate, old-time specialty candies, fudge and nuts of every shape and size, some chocolate covered and others purely savory.

As you wander south on Washington Avenue, you’ll be tempted by one-of-a-kind boutiques, eclectic art galleries, an antique lighting shop, distinctive jewelry stores offering the latest in custom designs as well as fine antique pieces. You’ll find vintage furnishings, resale furniture, consignment clothing stores, artists’ co-ops and specialty products ranging from popcorn, cookie cutters, herbs, spices and teas, plus other gourmet products not commonly found elsewhere. There are garden ornaments that will make you smile and a fairytale-like toy store featuring American-made products fit for young princes and princesses. Cedarburg can indeed be considered a kind of “shopping heaven.”

Downtown Shops of Cedarburg, Wisconson

A Little Pizzazz
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd., 1st Fl. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 376-0033

Access Boutique
W63 N672 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 376-4534

Birchwood Wells
W63 N646 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 204-8131

W62 N587 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 375-2700

Cedar Creek Trading Post
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-0400

Creekside Antiques
N69 W6335 Bridge Rd. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-6131

Fresh Twist, LLC
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 305-4149

Frill, Inc.
W63N680 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 388-8546

Leap of Faith, LLC
W64 N707 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 376-9490

W62 N553 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-7047

Marline’s Garden Goodies & Man Cave
W63 N664 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 375-5050

The Olive Sprig, LLC
N70 W6364 Bridge Rd. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-5944

The Paperie & Co.
W62 N585 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-6555

Robin’s European Cottage
N70 W6340 Bridge Rd. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-3444

Rustic Palate, LLC
W63 N712 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 204-8112

Up The Creek
W63 N698 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 618-4479

W62 N588 Washington Ave. | Cedarburg, WI  53012
(262) 377-1999