The "less-than-a-mile" tour of these sites, whether by foot or on wheels, will take you back to the bustling activities of the horse and buggy days when business here included stores, lodging places, saw and grist mills, foundry and craft shops.  The village also boasted a post office, church, school, newspaper, doctor, dentist, bandstand and Macabee Hall.

Rural is a "Yankee town."  All of the descendants originated from Great Britian or New England.  There are only two "Yankee towns" in Wisconsin. 

Through the years Rural residents have sought to perpetuate the uniqueness of this historic spot where four bridges span the Crystal River.  Many of the sites are on the National Register of Historic Places.