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Canton in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Bartlett Travis House

 
 
Bartlett Travis House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 17, 2016
1. Bartlett Travis House Marker
Inscription. The Barlett[sic]-Travis house embodies three distinct architectural periods of S.E. Michigan. Donated to Canton in 1988, it was moved to this site in 1989 and restoration began in earnest in 1993. In 2002, the house was completed and opened to the community with a great deal of fanfare. Several members of the Travis family attended, and were filled with memories of their childhood, as well as pleasure in seeing it preserved.

The early version of this house, ca. 1840, was a storey and a half Greek Revival cottage, typical of 2nd generation houses built in Canton. Maria and Thomas Bartlett and their children lived here until the 1860's. Two of the Bartlett boys were soldiers in the Civil War, and fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. Their son, George Bartlett moved into "the old place" and remodeled it in the 1870's; "Victorianizing" it with a full 2nd floor, a rear kitchen "ell," new windows and a fancy frilly Italianate porch.

William and Martha Travis owned the house from 1908 to the 1950's. The Travis family added the big "Colonial Revival" wrap around porch in 1919, which everyone to this day enjoys. The house changed hands several times, until it was donated by Ken Dividock to Canton in order to preserve it. Today it is open to the public and available for rentals.
 
Location.
Bartlett Travis House and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 17, 2016
2. Bartlett Travis House and Marker
42° 18.527′ N, 83° 32.068′ W. Marker is in Canton, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is at the intersection of North Ridge Road and Roanoke Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Ridge Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Preservation Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 North Ridge Road, Canton MI 48187, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Farming in Canton (within shouting distance of this marker); Palmer Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Preservation Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Canton Pioneer Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Historic Cady Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Cherry Hill School (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Ford Village Industry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cherry Hill Village (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Thomas and Maria Blackman Bartlett House. Wikipedia article (Submitted on November 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 

2. Bartlett-Travis House. More information about the house on Canton's website. (Submitted on November 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.) 
 
Categories. Architecture
 
Bartlett Travis House/Preservation Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By Joel Seewald, November 17, 2016
3. Bartlett Travis House/Preservation Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 180 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 18, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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