Cedarburg is a city in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, United States with Cedar Creek running through it. The city is bordered by the Village of Grafton to the east and the Town of Cedarburg elsewhere. Cedarburg is a suburban community with a population of 11,412, about 20 miles (32 km) north of Milwaukee and near the shores of Lake Michigan.
The woolen mill closed in 1968, and sat vacant for several years, until an offer was made to buy the buildings. The prospective owner intended to tear them down and build a gas station and mini-mart. Then mayor, Stephan Fischer, told him he’d need a demolition permit. There was no such thing, but it bought enough time that the buildings could be saved. William Welty bought the buildings on the corner and street, opening a restaurant. Jim Pape then bought the mill buildings on the creekside, opening a winery. Known as the Cedar Creek Settlement, the rest of the space was rented out to shops, studios and restaurants.
This began a tourism boom in Cedarburg. As the city became a quaint and pleasant place to visit, more galleries and studios opened, as well as souvenir shops and other attractions. Business associations started weekend festivals, which attracted even more people to the city.
Beginning in 1974, many buildings in the city of Cedarburg have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The individual sites, combined with the Historic Districts, include 216 buildings.