The historic Wrolstad-Quien Victorian home at 255 Mill Street, Scandinavia will be open for tour on Halloween Weekend: Friday, October 31; Saturday, November 1; and Sunday, November 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Donations of $2 per person will support the Humane Society of Waupaca County.
Linda and Jon Durrant are hosting the Victorian House tour, a Queen Anne Victorian built in 1893 by John and Mathea Wrolstad. Second owners, the Thomas and Maren Quien family owned the house for 90 years, and third owners Linda and Jon Durrant purchased the house in 2007, beginning their 7 year restoration.
The Durrants are delighted to show visitors architectural features: faux bois woodwork, pocket doors, fret work (spandrels), etched glass doors, spoon carved woodwork and much more. Be sure to see their displays of century-old photographs and personal items belonging to the previous owner families.
Volunteers will provide a lunch of chili, brats, and booyah at the site. Donations for the food will support the Scandinavia Public Library.
Artisans from near and far will be onsite demonstrating and displaying their work as well as selling items. Featured artisans include rug weaver, Jerry Johnson; wool spinner, Claire Nordness; quilter, Linda Durrant; basket weaver, Barbara Johnson; gourmet dog treats chef, Sue Moerke; wood carver, Kay Durrant; water color painters, Sue Martin and Doris Weed; repurposed furniture designer, Becky Stevens. Local business owners of The Village Hive of Amherst, Amy Powers; and Trout Bum Baker of Scandinavia, Tom Spoerl will be providing samples. Ghost stories, gentle in content but told for adults, will be told by Donna Rickel and fortunes will be told by Madam Sams.
The owners of the home have carefully restored the Victorian home and researched the history of its previous owners. Due to the fine furnishings and detailed history presented, this event is suitable only for the most erudite of children and adults.
Information about the history of the previous homeowners, refurbishing of the home, and plans for Halloween Weekend can be found at www.1893victorianfarmhouse.blogspot.com.
Lamp photograph by Linda Durrant.