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Historic Indian Agency House, 1832


Agency House Road
P.O. Box 84
Portage, WI 53901


Open: May 15 - October 15 Monday - Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Phone: (608) 742-6362


The Agency House was built in 1832 by the US Government for John Harris Kinzie, Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk Nation (Winnebago), and his wife Juliette Magill Kinzie. It is of the late Federal style and one of Wisconsin’s earliest houses. It was built of milled lumber rather than the log construction that was used in the region at that time. John and Juliette were grandparents of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. The House and 233 acres are owned and administered by the Wisconsin Society.

National Register of Historic Places 1972


Located on Hwy 33, 1 1/2 miles east of Portage. From Madison take I-90 North, exit at Hwy 78 which connects with Hwy 33 at Portage. Go east on Hwy 33, to Agency House Road (Rustic Road 69) that follows the historic Portage canal.