Town of Vernon in Waukesha County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Dodges Corners Cemetery
Erected 1998 by Funded by Big Bend/Vernon Historical Society / Waukesha County Historical Society. (Marker Number 31-01.)
Location. 42° 51.565′ N, 88° 14.67′ W. Marker is in Town of Vernon, Wisconsin, in Waukesha County. Marker is on Maple Avenue 0.2 miles east of Center Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Bend WI 53103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Vernon (approx. 1.6 miles away); Village of Big Bend (approx. 2.2 miles away); Maney Ridge Prehistoric Effigy Mounds (approx. 2.5 miles away); Haseltine Cobblestone House (approx. 3 miles away); Heaven City The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Vernon (approx. 4.1 miles away); Mukwonago (approx. 4.4 miles away); Old Muskego (approx. 5.3 miles away).
1. History of Dodges Corners Cemetery
John Dodge came to the Town of Vernon in 1836 purchasing land for $1.25 an acre, making him one of four founding fathers of the Town of Vernon. A small cemetery was founded here in 1840 for about 31 burials between 1840 and 1919. John Dodge was buried here and has a large tombstone in the cemetery. In 1928 seven graves for the Hollister family were exhumed with the remains found going to the Milwaukee Forest Home Cemetery. Sometime after this, the cemetery fell into ruins with stones toppled and weeds overgrowing the area.
This small cemetery in the Town of Vernon, or Dodges Corners as it used to be known, can be a challenge to find. The location of the cemetery is between residential properties on Maple Drive just before Forest Home Avenue. There are some wooden steps that lead up to a historical marker and stone marker somewhat hidden by bushes. Then a path through the woods and up a hill leads to a quiet cemetery with a great view of the adjacent homes
The cemetery was completely restored in 1998 for the state sesquicentennial by the people of the Town of Vernon. Coincidentally, the celebration on August 29, 1998 was exactly 140 years after John Dodge died in 1858.
— Submitted June 4, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 814 times since then and 45 times this year. Last updated on June 20, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. 5. submitted on June 4, 2011, by Linda Hansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.