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Location: Dousman, WI 53118 Waukesha County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 1.371', W 88° 27.952'

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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 Brunt's 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.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number52
Year Placed1956
Placed ByWisconsin State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 380562 N 4764394
Decimal Degrees43.02285000, -88.46586667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 1.371', W 88° 27.952'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 1' 22.26" N, 88° 27' 57.12" W
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Area Code(s)262
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 36567 Sunset Dr, Dousman WI 53118, US
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