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Farmington Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Walker/Wixom Tavern

 
 
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By Joel S., October 30, 2013
1. The Walker/Wixom Tavern Marker
Inscription. The first country inn in Farmington was the log home of Solomon Walker, opened in 1827. A gala celebration was held there for New Year's Eve 1828, followed by the first Township meeting in 1829. East of his log house Walker built a Greek Revival frame tavern which Nathan Philbrick purchased. He, in turn, sold it to Robert Wixom, Jr. who enlarged the building. There was a fancy ballroom and carpets graced the floors. Sarah Wixom cooked and the stagecoach stopped there.

The stagecoach era ended, and the inn reverted to a residence, fell into disrepair and was torn down after 1910.
 
Location. 42° 28.066′ N, 83° 25.173′ W. Marker is in Farmington Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is at the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Michigan Highway 5, on the right when traveling east on Grand River Avenue. Touch for map. The marker is between the parking lots of Suburban Imports and Suburban Nissan. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37901 Grand River Avenue, Farmington MI 48335, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakwood Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Gov. Fred M. Warner (approx. 1.9 miles away); City of Farmington

The Walker/Wixom Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., October 30, 2013
2. The Walker/Wixom Tavern Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); Joshua Simmons Farm (approx. 2.1 miles away); First Quaker Meeting (approx. 2.1 miles away); Spicer House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Farmington's First Post Office (approx. 2.2 miles away); Farmington Masonic Temple and Farmington Township Hall (approx. 2.2 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 213 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2015, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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