“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 1848, William Horner of Warren County, Virginia, and his former slaves, the Shepard family, hitched a team of oxen to wagons and ventured west to Wisconsin. They arrived at this point, later to be known as Pleasant Ridge.

The Shepards bought land from Mr. Horner for $1.50 an acre, making them the first recorded African-American family to live in the area. The beginnings of a community of over 100 free or escaped slaves, Pleasant Ridge at one point had a church and a school. Now the one acre-cemetery is all that remains.
Erected 1994 by Wisconsin Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 42° 49.849′ N, 90° 48.788′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Wisconsin, in Grant County. Marker is on Slabtown Road one mile west of Wisconsin Highway 35/81, on the right when traveling west. 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. 5.3 miles away); The First Civil War Monument
Pleasant Ridge Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, October 3, 2009
2. Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
(approx. 5.4 miles away); Village of Potosi (approx. 11.1 miles away); The Old Military Road (approx. 11.1 miles away); Denniston House (approx. 12.1 miles away); Village of Cassville (approx. 12.2 miles away); The Cassville Veterans Memorial (approx. 12.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . .  Pleasant Ridge a Refuge for Former Slaves. Wisconsin Historical Society entry for Pleasant Ridge. (Submitted on September 9, 2011.) 
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 1,008 times since then and 42 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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