Brown County, Wisconsin

Brown County in Wisconsin is one of the state’s original counties. Named for a major general of the American War of 1812 named Jacob Brown, it was formerly part of the Michigan Territory and comprised the entire eastern portion of the state.

Brown County’s population is approximately 248,000 people. Major highways in the county include Interstate 43, U.S. highways 41 and 141, and state highways 29, 32, 54, 57, 96, 172 and 60. Like the other counties of the state, there are also many county highways and scenic “rustic roads” that traverse the area.

Brown County has beautiful rolling-hill countrysides, farms, villages and towns, and a rich, varied history. The Native American nations that inhabited the area before Europeans include the Ho-Chunk, Winnebago and Menomonee. After initial exploration, non-native settlers from countries like France, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Ireland and Scandinavia, among others, moved into the area attracted first by fur trading, then by farming and lumbering. The county borders both Green Bay and Lake Michigan so there is also a deep maritime tradition. Today the area’s primary industries are paper mills and meat packing, which center around the city of Green Bay.

Green Bay, Brown County’s county seat, was founded by the French explorer Jean Nicolet in 1634, making it one of the oldest cities in the United States.

Brown County Homes

Travel to Brown County and you will realize that it is an ideal place to find a home for sale or build a home, and/or start or relocate a business. It has abundant natural areas for “homesteading,” many fully-developed, ready-to-build-on lots, beautiful homes for sale, and a wide variety of condominiums for sale for care-free living. The city of Green Bay has shopping, transportation, employment opportunities and a K-12 educational system. It is also the home of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the world-famous Green Bay Packers football team. All of this adds up to a wonderful place to raise a family and buy or build a dream home. Contact your knowledgeable Shorewest professional today for all of the details.

Things to See and Do in Brown County

There is much to see and do in Brown County, Wisconsin. Let’s start with the obvious: Green Bay, the county’s largest city and the third largest city in the state. Green Bay is a great place to view and enjoy wildlife and natural botanical areas. The L.H. Barhausen Waterfowl Preserve has 925 acres of preserved land for wildlife viewing and recreation. The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary has over 700 acres of wildlife areas, which, like the L.H. Barhausen preserve, also features exhibits for education and many hiking/biking trails. For a more formal experience, visit the Green Bay Botanical Gardens, which features a four-season garden, rose garden, herb garden, children’s garden (with tree house), a maze and a frog pond. The NEW (North Eastern Wisconsin) Zoo also in Green Bay comprises 43 acres with innovative areas for watching wildlife in its own habitat; the zoo also specializes in wildlife education and preservation of endangered species.

Green Bay is where Lambeau Field is located, the home field of the Packers football team. At Lambeau Field, visitors can take a tour of the field, locker rooms, club suites and press areas. And as long as you’re there, you can pace through the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Experience the history and heritage of the NFL’s oldest franchise. Learn from interactive exhibits and see memorabilia, Super Bowl rings, trophies and genuine uniforms.

And there’s more in the Green Bay area. Check out the National Railroad Museum. It was founded in 1958 and features 75 railroad cars and engines, including General Eisenhower’s command train from WWII and the world’s biggest steam engine, the Big Boy.

Museums in Green Bay include the Hazelwood Historic Home, the Greek Revival home of the regionally influential Martin family; the Heritage Hill Living History Museum, an outdoor museum of 25 historic buildings; the Neville Public Museum, a natural history museum featuring artifacts from Upper Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin; and the Children’s Museum that has hands-on opportunities for young people to explore, learn, create and explore.

Other towns and villages in Brown County have colorful, historic names like De Pere, Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Dyckesville and Eaton. Part of the Oneida Nation is also in Brown County.

Many of the towns and villages of Brown County feature regional food favorites, great local dining, farmers markets in summer and fall, and a variety of ethnic festivals and celebrations. The area is also great for fishing, hunting, biking, hiking and birding. Enjoy gaming, food and entertainment at the Oneida Casino.

But don’t just read about it, explore the area for yourself. Then contact your real estate representative when you’re ready to build or buy your home or move your business to Brown County.