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Namur in Door County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin

 
 
Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
1. Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin Marker
Inscription. Wisconsin's and the nation's largest Belgian American settlement is located in por­tions of Brown, Kewaunee and Door counties adjacent to the waters of Green Bay. Walloon-speaking Belgians settled the region in the 1850s and still constitute a high proportion of the population. A variety of elements attests to the Belgian American presence: place names (Brussels, Namur, Rosiere, Luxemburg), a local French pat­ois, common surnames, unique foods (boohyah, trippe, jutt), the Kermiss harvest festival, and especially architecture. Many of the original wooden structures of the Belgian Americans were destroyed in a firestorm that swept across southern Door County in October 1871. A few stone houses made of local dolomite survived. More common are 1880s red brick houses, distinguished by modest size and gable-end, bull's-eye windows. Some houses have detached summer kitchens with bake ovens appended to the rear. And the Belgians, many of them devout Catholics, also erected small roadside votive chapels like those in their homeland.
 
Erected 1993 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 321.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 44.062′ 
Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
2. Belgian Settlement in Wisconsin Marker
N, 87° 39.982′ W. Marker is in Namur, Wisconsin, in Door County. Marker is on County Road DK east of County Road N, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is immediately south of Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery; near the Belgian Heritage Center, formerly Our Lady of the Snows Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1255 County Road DK, Brussels WI 54204, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transportation Archaeology on the WIS 57 Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Euroamerican Settlement of the Door Peninsula (within shouting distance of this marker); The WIS 57 Reconstruction Project in Brown, Kewaunee, and Door Counties (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fire of 1871 and Williamsonville: A 19th Century Euroamerican Settlement in Door County (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Fire: The Vandermissen Brickworks Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1858 Rosiere Kermiss (approx. 4.8 miles away); Well Site (approx. 6.5 miles away); Stage House · Dyckesville (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Namur.
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers
 
Church, Marker, and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
3. Church, Marker, and Cemetery
Remaining headstones from the cemetery are saved on a cement slab.
National Historic Landmark Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, September 17, 2008
4. National Historic Landmark Plaque
Cemetery Behind Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert L Weber
5. Cemetery Behind Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 2,049 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   5. submitted on , by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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