The Historic Sherry-Butt House

Open 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
Memorial Day thru September

795 N Main St. Viroqua, WI 54665

Lt. Col. Cyrus M. Butt

       Lt. Col. Cyrus M. Butt built one of Viroqua's oldest homes in the federal style in 1890, after his valiant service in the Civil War. He and his wife, Margaret (McAuley), raised their five children in this home and left it to their daughter, Jane. Many original pieces remain with the house, including a Rococo square grand piano. Many of the Colonel's Civil War artifacts are also on display. Lt. Col. Butt went on to distinguish himself in his law practice and public service. Lt. Col. Butt was a progressive thinker and was ahead of his time.

Orbec and Hilda Sherry

     Orbic and Hilda Sherry Purchased this house from Jane Butt in 1947, furnishings intact. Orbec Sherry was well known for the breeding of the famous Brown Swiss cow, Jane of Vernon, "Queen Mother" of the breed, and his international cattle trading. Hilda Sherry was active in many community organizations such as church, 4-H, and local theater productions. She also enjoyed being hostess and entertaining in her home the many international business associates of her husband. Upon Mr. Sherry's death in 1988, the Vernon County Historical Society purchased the home and its furnishings.

A corner of the Victorian parlor.

      The Sherry-Butt house is also open by appointment by calling (608) 637-7396. Look for special displays during the summer months. A Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Social is held annually on the lawn on the 4th of July.