In 1888, a group of local dairy farmers built their community a cheese factory on the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli, Wisconsin. For nearly a century, the little factory thrived, making award-winning Swiss cheese and sweet cream butter celebrated throughout Wisconsin. But the consolidation of the dairy industry was too swift for the little factory to keep pace, and, in 1980, the factory closed its doors for good.
In 2021, a group of local entrepreneurs purchased the factory to preserve this amazing piece of Wisconsin heritage. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the factory has been restored and reborn as the Seven Acre Dairy Company, a one-of-a-kind destination for a new generation of Wisconsin dairy lovers, where people gather to connect and celebrate in a place steeped in history and natural beauty, all with a touch of joy and warm Midwestern hospitality.
Today, Seven Acre features an upscale restaurant and bar; a casual café; a boutique hotel; event and meeting space for parties and gatherings from 8 to 200; a micro-dairy plant producing our own butter and soft-serve ice cream, and seven acres of restored oak savanna, manicured gardens, and private lawns, all bounded by the meandering Sugar River and local dairy farms.