Join us for fun in all seasons! In the springtime, we start the year with our community Chili/Soup cook off in March. In summer, children enjoy playing in the community playground and families enjoy visiting the Black River Museum. Fall is when we hold our fun Fall Fry. During the winter, we have our delicious Souper Sunday.
Black River Museum
Open Sundays from 1-3, Memorial Day through the Fall Fry. Admission is free.
Through a generous monetary donation made by Richard Jung, the Black River Museum/Alfred Jung Center contains historic Black River and outdoor education displays. In the past, the building was used by the Sheboygan Rec Department for the summer playground, and by the Boy Scouts. It’s located just north of the fire station on Evergreen Drive.
New exhibits include a diorama of Lake Michigan’s shore, a scale model fishing operation, a replica of the shipwrecked schooner “Challenge,” Boy Scout memorabilia, invasive species education, local photography, and much more. It’s a nice asset for our community.
We invite the many people who walk, bike and drive through the area to stop in and view the displays. Admission is free; donations are accepted. If you’d like to volunteer your time or donate, or if you have old photographs, articles, and artifacts, please contact John at 920-458-1795.
Indian Mound Park
According to WisconsinMounds.com, Indian Mound Park has well-developed trails, signage and interpretive material. Even though the mounds are surrounded on all sides by private homes, visitors can still experience solitude and reflection in the deep shade of the park’s canopy. The staged exhibit of an open mound with a burial inside is by far the most unique feature of this park, aside from the highest number of deer effigies ever found in one group.
Black River Watershed
The Black River runs through the area. It is a part of the Sheboygan River Basin. The DNR states that “the entire Black River Watershed is located within Sheboygan County. The southern portion of the City of Sheboygan, most of the village of Cedar Grove and the entire Village of Oostburg are located in the watershed. The watershed encompasses 36 square miles and contains three named streams, the Black River, Barr Creek and Fisherman’s Creek and 32 unnamed streams. There are no lakes or impoundments in the watershed.”
The Black River Trail entrance is located just off County Road V. The 2.5 mile trail winds through open prairie, mixed woodlands and a red pine plantation. This trail is open for horses, hikers and mountain bikers. This land was gifted to the state by the Kohler Company.
The Balzer Wilderness Park is located just off Indian Mound Road and is adjacent to the James Tellen Sculpture Garden. Trails follow the Black River and into a heavy wooded area where you can enjoy the sounds of birds and see many deer.
James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden
The James Tellen Sculpture Garden is located just south of the Advancement Hall. Mr. Tellen built a cabin and brat haus in the 1920s, and proceeded to fill the yard with figurative concrete sculptures, loosely connected by a winding path. The life-size tableaux include Abe Lincoln, a cowboy on a horse, Jesus, wine making elves and more. It is free and open to the public.