The first kindergarten in the United States was founded by Margarethe Meyer Schurz in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. In 1856, Margarethe Schurz started a kindergarten in her home for her daughter and four of her daughter's cousins. When other children wanted to join, Schurz opened a school. In 1856, the Watertown Historical Society moved the structure from its original location to its current site alongside the Octagon House .