Celebrated for its vibrant, growing arts scene, wonderful fusion of charming shops and trendy restaurants tucked away in aesthetically pleasing historic structures, Cedarburg is a city you’ll never tire of exploring. It is a true haven for those seeking a beautiful place in which to reside and work.
Upon falling in love with the tranquil, picturesque countryside that bordered Cedar Creek in the early 1840s, a group of German and Irish settlers established the community of Cedarburg. While the city developed and prospered, it retained the original charm on which it was founded.
Careful preservation of many structures representing the area’s bygone days is a major commitment and source of pride among the entire community of Cedarburg. As a result of heedful maintenance to Cedarburg’s early edifices, its historic downtown accurately reflects the lifestyle experienced more than a century ago.
Cedarburg possesses two distinct districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which together encompass well over 200 buildings of historical significance. Nestled within the heart of the city, these structures continue to exist as shops, restaurants, homes, museums and public buildings, providing a focal point for the community’s daily way of life. The town of Cedarburg, a historically rural community located in a rapidly developing portion of Ozaukee County, claims an additional historic district listed on the national register, known as the Hamilton Historic District.
Today, with a population reaching nearly 11,500 in the city and an additional 6,000 residents in the town, Cedarburg offers the best in small-town American life, yet is large enough to offer the modern amenities of a 21st-century, contemporary city. And the metropolitan attractions of Milwaukee are only minutes away.
Cedarburg’s leaders have developed a long-range plan for economic expansion to ensure structured growth. Simultaneously, the community remains steadfast in the protection of the environment and the preservation of Cedarburg’s historical essence, while the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce persists in its commitment to foster healthy economic growth that will provide residents with an appealing environment in which to live and work, now and into the future.