“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lancaster in Grant County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Pleasant Ridge

Pleasant Ridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, October 3, 2009
1. Pleasant Ridge Marker
Inscription. In 1850, pioneer African-American families began arriving in this area when Charles and Caroline Shepard and Isaac and Sarah Shepard arrived from Fauquier County, Virginia. The Shepards came with William Horner, the great-nephew of their former owner, Sarah Edmonds, who had freed her former slaves in her will. Later the Shepards purchased land from Horner for $1.50 per acre, becoming the first African-American landowners in this integrated farming community called Pleasant Ridge. The community grew to include over 50 African-Americans, who were joined by German, English and Irish farmers. Together these Pleasant Ridge farmers built a log school in 1873 and a log United Brethren Church in 1884. In 1898, the younger generation of African-Americans built a community hall where they hosted an annual community barbecue. The African-American cemetery, one mile west on Slabtown Road, is one of the few remnants of this remarkable community.
Erected 1998 by Grant County Historical Society. (Marker Number 394.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 42° 49.603′ N, 90° 47.706′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker
Pleasant Ridge Community Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, October 3, 2009
2. Pleasant Ridge Community Cemetery
is at the intersection of Slabtown Road and Wisconsin Highway 35/81, on the right when traveling west on Slabtown Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lancaster WI 53813, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Pleasant Ridge (approx. one mile away); Nelson Dewey (approx. 4˝ miles away); The First Civil War Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Village of Potosi (approx. 10.4 miles away); The Old Military Road (approx. 11.9 miles away); Denniston House (approx. 12.7 miles away); Village of Cassville (approx. 12.7 miles away); The Cassville Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Categories. African AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,564 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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