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Town of Farmington in Washington County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Saxonia House

Fillmore, Wisconsin

 
 
Saxonia House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
1. Saxonia House Marker
Inscription.  The Saxonia House, a 72-foot by 32-foot rare example of German fachwerkbau (half-timber construction) architecture, is one of the largest buildings of its kind in Wisconsin. In November 1855 the new structure was christened as a brewery, a residence for the brewer's family, a social hall, and an inn serving travelers and new settlers building their own residences in the township. Located on the outskirts of the Village of Fillmore, it was part of an 89-acre tract called “Spring Brook Farm.”

Saxonia House was erected by Ernst Klessig, a brewer, who also built an adjacent brewery. The aging “cellar,” a large cave dug into a small hill with a huge stone entrance arch, still exists south of the house.

The Town of Farmington Turn-Verein Association, later called Turners, was organized here and held meetings in the building until 1867. Saxonia House also housed the local Post Office for several years.

Landmarks Commission
Washington County, Wisconsin

 
Erected 2000 by Washington County Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 99-001.)
Saxonia House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
2. Saxonia House Marker
Marker locaetd near the right corner of the building.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 43° 29.884′ N, 88° 3.399′ W. Marker is in Town of Farmington, Wisconsin, in Washington County. Marker is on County Highway H 0.2 miles east of County Highway M, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 421 CTH H, Fredonia WI 53021, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boltonville Mill (approx. 3 miles away); Boltonville Church (approx. 3 miles away); St. Peter's Church (approx. 3.4 miles away); Robert Cooley Homestead (approx. 3.7 miles away); Birthplace of Flag Day (approx. 4 miles away); Theodore Rietz Distillery (approx. 4.4 miles away); Lizard Mound Park (approx. 4.8 miles away); Freedom Park (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Town of Farmington.
 
Saxonia House image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
3. Saxonia House
Front door of building
Saxonia House image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
4. Saxonia House
Rear of the building
Fachwerk image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
5. Fachwerk
Saxonia House Restoration Project image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 10, 2011
6. Saxonia House Restoration Project
sign in the window
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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