DescriptionThe agent for New England Emigrating Co. must be credited with having a silver tongue, for nearly the entire town of Colebrook, N.H., moved to this site on the Rock River in 1837. Determined to sustain “science and religion and all the adjuncts that contribute to the elevation of society,” the cultured arrivals promptly established a church and chartered Beloit College in 1846.
The college is the site of more than two dozen Native American effigy mounds built between A.D. 700 and A.D. 1200. The Wright Museum of Art, 700 College St. on the Beloit College campus, exhibits Asian art, Greek plaster casts, ancient art and religious icons; phone (608) 363-2702 or (608) 363-2677 for recorded information.
Other points of interest in town include the College Park, Bluff Street and Merrill Street historic districts, which feature rare 19th-century cobblestone houses. The Rock River offers boating and fishing opportunities. The riverfront is the site of festivals as well as biking and walking paths and a lagoon with paddleboats.
Just west of Beloit is Beckman Mill, a restored, operating 1868 gristmill within the 52-acre Beckman Mill County Park. The site also features a rebuilt dam with a creamery, mill pond, picnic area and a one-of-a-kind fish ladder; phone (608) 751-1551 or (608) 362-2825.
Home games for the minor-league baseball team the Beloit Snappers, a Class A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are played at Pohlman Field; phone (608) 362-2272.
Visitor InfoVisit Beloit 500 Public Ave. BELOIT, WI 53511. Phone:(608)365-4838
Self-guiding toursWalking tour brochures about local historic districts are available from the convention and visitors bureau.
Things to SeeThe Angel Museum