Welcome to the Gratiot House, one of the oldest homes located in one of the first settlements in Wisconsin.
This house is one of two last remaining structures of Gratiot’s Grove, a mining settlement founded by Henry Gratiot and his brother, which for a time was one of the largest communities in Wisconsin's lead-mining region. The Gratiots had migrated upriver from St. Louis in 1825. Aided by Catherine Myott, a métis woman (of mixed Ho-Chunk and French descent), the Gratiots got permission from the indigenous Ho-Chunks to establish a mining claim. Henry Gratiot soon came to dominate the local economy; he owned one of the area’s two smelters, a general store, and a flour mill and co-owned the local sawmill. In 1835 he started constructon of this handsome limestone house, it was however to be his last endeavor. It is unclear the state the house was in at the time of his death in 1836. The house remained in his family and was continually added onto over the years. The Gratiot Family sold the house and all of the land in 1860.
The story continues on one hundred and eighty years later. The current caretakers of the Gratiot House came to the scene in April of 2010 when Heather and Chris Price purchased the house. Taking great strides to bring back the original flair and beauty of the original build, the restoration was completed and the doors to the bed and breakfast opened May 27, 2016. The BnB will serve as a 3 season bed and breakfast, taking reservations Memorial Day Weekend (Friday onward) through November 1st. As of our 21019 season we do require a 2 night minimum reservation only.
Experience a stay in a grand old house in an area rich with history. Located just one mile from the quaint and picturesque town of Shullsburg, WI. Take in the beauty of rolling green hills and listen to the songs of birds. Watch as shetland sheep manicure the pasture and frollicking chickens run by your window. Grab a book or sit with a glass of your favorite beverage and watch the sunset from the parlor windows. Take a spin into town or go for a peaceful country walk or bike ride. We think you will find the house and farm a peaceful and relaxing get away from the hub bub of everyday life. Unplug, unwind and take in all of the beauty and serenity life on the farm has to offer.