May 15-17, 2020
Peninsula Park Saukville, WI
A Living-History Experience Celebrating Wisconsin’s Fur Trade Era
1750 - 1840
Friday, 9-2~ Saturday, 9-5~ Sunday 10-4
~$4/Seniors, Armed Forces & Veterans
~$2 Under 18 ~Under 2 are Free
Park at U-Haul Moving & Storage and take the free shuttle!*
*Shuttle operates on Saturday & Sunday only
**There is a limited amount of handicapped and motorcycle parking at Peninsula Park
History of the Event
Since 1988, the Saukville Area Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving, recording and
maintaining the historical information and antiquities of the Saukville Area, as well as promoting the awareness of the area’s historical culture, to develop an understanding of, and pride in, our past, and to recognize its importance in the future.
From 1991 to 2006, the SAHS ran the Crossroads Rendezvous historical reenactment at Peninsula Park every third weekend in May, bringing thousands of visitors to Saukville and providing an incredibly unique educational experience for area children and their families. Revenue from the event helped to fund the restoration of the old 1912 Firehouse, now the Crossroads Museum, located on Mill Street in Saukville, that the Historical Society calls home.
In the fall of 2017, Mary Boyle and Sara Dahmen, two historical reenactors from Port Washington, decided it was time to bring the Crossroads Rendezvous back. Together, with their families and the Saukville Area Historical Society, they are excited to introduce a new generation of visitors to the magic of living history and the important part "the crossroads" of Saukville played in the history of our community, State, and Country. Join us at the Crossroads this May!
History of the Crossroads
The Township and Village of Saukville are located at the ancient crossroads of two major American Indian trails: the old Decorah Road and the old Green Bay Road. The Decorah Road became the present-day Wisconsin Highway 33, and the old Green Bay Road became the road that is now part of the southern portion of Ozaukee County Highway O and the northern portion of Ozaukee County Highway W. The Indian trails crossed where the Milwaukee River makes an unusual bending loop, forming a unique river peninsula.
*From the book, Memories From A Rural Ethnic Community at "the crossroads" - The Saukville, Wisconsin Area, by John Boatman
The Green Bay Trail, which had a great impact on the settlement of southeast Wisconsin and the State, overall, connected Fort Howard at Green Bay with Fort Dearborn in Chicago, and ran through Saukville. This system of trails extended from Hudson Bay all the way to Florida. In 1993, the Wisconsin State Legislature designated the Green Bay Trail route, from the Illinois State line to Green Bay, an official heritage route, the “Green Bay Ethnic Trail.”
* From the Village of Saukville Downtown Revitalization Plan