The Little House with a Big History

The Little House with a Big History (HMTF9)

Location: Green Bay, WI 54301 Brown County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 30.084', W 88° 1.226'

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The Roi-Porlier-Tank Cottage...

— Fox River Trail —

has an extraordinary rich history in Green Bay, as it was home to a fur trader, schoolmaster, judgeand missionary.

In 1803, a French Canadian fur trader by the name of Joseph Roi built the small cottage along thewest bank of the Fox River directly across from here. Two years later the cottage was sold to JudgeJacques Porlier. Porlier was the first schoolmaster in the early 1790s and by 1820 had been named chief justice of the Brown County Court.

Nils Otto Tank was a missionary who led a colony of Moravians to Green Bay in 1850 with his wife, Caroline Louisa Albertina van der Meulen, daughter of a wealthy Dutch clergyman. Upon their arrival, they purchased 969 acres of fertile timberland for the Moravian mission on the west bank of the Fox River, including the parcel of land Joseph Roi's cottage was built on.

The Tanks remodeled the interior of the small cottage and added a wing on each end, for church services and a dining room.

Following a disagreement with Tank about land ownership, most of the Moravian colonists eventually relocated to Ephraim in Door County, and Otto Tank became a Fort Howard business leader with extensive real estate holdings on the west side of the river. Mrs. Tank outlived her husband by 27 years, living in the cottage until 1891.

The cottage, now known as Tank cottage and located at Heritage Hill State Historical Park, is one of the oldest wooden homes in Wisconsin.
HM NumberHMTF9
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 8:51pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 418879 N 4928071
Decimal Degrees44.50140000, -88.02043333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 30.084', W 88° 1.226'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 30' 5.04" N, 88° 1' 13.56" W
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Area Code(s)920, 715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 400 Fox River Trail (Green Bay to Greenleaf), Green Bay WI 54301, US
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