There are many signs of fall. The school year started, tree leaves are turning color, there are fewer daylight hours, crisper nighttime temperatures and pumpkins.
Another sure sign is Elmbrook Historical Society's "Days Gone By" on October 7.
Inside the Dousman Stagecoach Inn, learn about one-room schools from school-marm Jean Stackpole; tour the inn where many weary stagecoach travelers stayed over night; and admire the quilts on the beds. In the ballroom, enjoy a G-scale model train that spans the ballroom, admire an exhibit of Children's Antique Toys (1860-1950) and see photographs of early Brookfield.
Outside, see (and help) early Brookfield settlers get ready for winter; visit and learn about ice houses; and visit the smoke house, toll booth, a Smithy's Shoppe (with carriages) and visitor's center.
There will be hands-on crafts and activities for kids, and a "Stuffed Animal Race" for kids of all ages. (Bring your own stuffed animal.)
While on the grounds, buy a raffle ticket for a handmade start-patterned quilt, find something to eat, browse through a tent filled with crafts, food items, antiques & collectibles and choose a pumpkin.
It all takes place on the park-like grounds of the Dousman Stagecoach Inn, 1075 Pilgrim Parkway (between Bluemound and Gebhardt Roads) on October 7 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission $5 Adults, $3 Children (5 or over). On site parking.
Call 262 782 4057 or check www.ElmbrookHistoricalSociety.org.