Near Brooklyn in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
This tavern was built around 1832. Stagecoach passengers stopped here for lodging and food as they traveled between Detroit and Chicago on the Chicago Road (later US-12) and on the La Plaisance Bay Pike (later M-50) from Lake Erie to this intersection, Cambridge Junction. A stagecoach trip between Detroit and Chicago took five or more days, depending on road conditions. New settlers, who were among those travelers, helped Michigan become a state in 1837. In 1843 tavernkeepers Sylvester (1795-1868) and Lucy Walker (1796-1892), from Cooperstown, New York, bought the tavern from Calvin Snell, and it became known as "Walker Tavern." The Walkers charged twenty-five cents for an overnight stay and twenty-five cents for a meal. By 1853 business was so successful that the Walkers built a larger brick tavern across the road.
In 1864 Sylvester Walker sold his taverns to former stagecoach driver Francis Asbury Dewey, who converted Walker Tavern into his home. While living there, Dewey served as the President of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society and recorded local history, including stories
Erected 2016 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number HB 16.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Roads & Vehicles • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 42° 3.559′ N, 84° 13.328′ W. Marker is near Brooklyn, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 50 north of U.S. 12. Marker is in Cambridge Junction Historic State Park and can be seen from the parking lot about 450 feet away. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13220 M-50, Brooklyn MI 49230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of The Walker Tavern (within shouting distance of this marker); Cambridge Junction (within shouting distance of this marker); Cambridge Junction Historic State Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); At the Crossroads (about 700 feet away); St. Michael and All Angels Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); An Gorta Mor (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named An Gorta Mor (approx. 2.8 miles away); St. Joseph's Church / St. Joseph's Shrine (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
Also see . . .
1. Michigan SP Walker Tavern. National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form. The form includes a photo of the single-sided 1960 historical marker that this one replaced as well as the tavern behind it before porches and overhangs were removed. (Submitted on September 5, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
2. Michigan SP Walker's, S., Hotel. National Register of Historic Places Registration Form that includes an extensive description of the Brick Walker Tavern as well as biographies of former owners. (Submitted on September 5, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
1. Replacement marker
This marker replaced a single-sided marker that was placed at the opposite corner of the building in 1960.
— Submitted September 5, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 5, 2022, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.