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Dousman in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Masonic Home

 
 
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1. Masonic Home Marker
Inscription. In the fall of 1836 Elisha Edgerton and his wife Belinda came here in their wagon drawn by oxen. They cleared the land and built their farm home, with buildings recognized as a Wisconsin Premium Farm by the State Agricultural Society. Episcopal services were held in a small chapel over the carriage-house for early settlers of the surrounding area. In 1865 Edgerton sold the farm to inventor-manufacturer George Washington van Brunt who built the tall mansion in 1873 and made Premium Farm a show-place. After van Bruntís death his children operated the farm as Springdale Resort but the popularity of resorts dependent upon springs soon waned. Ajalon Spring still provides water for the entire installation. In 1905 Willard van Brunt, nephew of George, took over the farm, made extensive improvements and presented it to the Masonic Grand Lodge as a home for old members.
 
Erected 1956 by Wisconsin State Historical Society. (Marker Number 52.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 43° 1.371′ N, 88° 27.952′ W. Marker is in Dousman, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on U.S. 18 ľ mile west of Wisconsin Highway 67, on the right when
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
2. Masonic Home Marker
traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located just to the west of the Bark River bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Dousman WI 53118, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dousman (approx. 0.8 miles away); Waterville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cushing Memorial Park (approx. 3.7 miles away); Lapham Peak (approx. 3.8 miles away); a different marker also named Lapham Peak (approx. 3.8 miles away); Hawks Inn (approx. 3.9 miles away); Delafield Fish Hatchery (approx. 4 miles away); Bishop Jackson Kemper Home Built 1849 (approx. 4.2 miles away).
 
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
3. Masonic Home Marker
with Bark River in the background.
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
4. Masonic Home
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By Paul F, September 29, 2010
5. Masonic Home
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 652 times since then and 24 times this year. Last updated on October 8, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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