After our visit to Montello we went to Westfield to see the Marquette County History Museum. It was a Wednesday and they were open. It is the former Cochrane-Nelson House, it has been a museum since 1979. There are several other buildings on the grounds. The Riverside School building, Henry Ellis Memorial Railroad Exhibit Building, and the Kerst Exhibit Building.
Also a beautiful yard with a gazebo and picnic tables.
We went in the house first, the tour was self-guided. The exhibits downstairs on the main floor. Some information in the entryway.
A picture of he founder of Westfield.
T. Henry Cochrane in a group photo with his business in Westfield.
A view of the parlor and dining room, viewpoint is from wall right of entry looking left.
Looking toward the player piano from the entry.
The Nelsons lived there from 1906-1979, before becoming the property of the Marquette County Historical Society.
The dining room, table elegantly set. The Nelsons always enjoyed Sunday Dinner together here.
The China cabinet in the dining room.
The next room is the kitchen, love the rooster wallpaper!
An early microwave oven from the 1970’s.
This concludes the tour of this building, by this time another person from the volunteer staff had arrived and he pointed out that is is the original doorknob on the door.
The house is not the only building on the grounds. There is the Riverside School building as well, another docent who showed us around rang the bell for us. it was one of the earliest school buildings in the county and the oldest that is still standing.
Let’s go inside. So realistic, complete with a dunce cap in the corner for the misbehaving student.
The railroad was very important to commerce in the 19th and early 20th centuries and here you will find artifacts from this era. This was a Tool House building you would find in a train yard.
The Kerst Exhibit Building was the last one we toured, and the largest one at the museum. It seems they have a strawberry social in June, maybe we can come to that next year!
Red Rock Cola used to made in Westfield.
Also a dairy.
One of the big industries in Westfield is Brakebush, specializing in chicken products. They have a display, complete with a chicken costume.
Thanks for the great tour and hope to return next year. We saw a few other things in Westfield while we were there. Here is downtown.
The millpond and dam which generates power for the community, Pioneer Power and Light.
Their Vet’s Memorial in a beautiful park with gazebo and running water, possibly from a spring.
A mural is also visible there.
We had a great visit here and hope to come back soon to Westfield, “Where the Pioneer Spirit Lives On!”
8-22-15 and other visits
Dalton is located just north of Pardeeville and Portage and in the heart of Wisconsin’s Amish country. It is about 45 minutes from Madison. There are several Amish stores in Dalton and I will tell you about the two we frequent, both for groceries at a deep discount.
Our first visit is usually at Mast’s Bent and Dent, known to the locals as Lizzie’s. The address is W2086 Barry Road, Dalton, WI 53926. There they sell outdated (but still good) groceries, bent cans and boxes. Going there is a fun treasure hunt! Remember, there is no phone number to call for either store. As they use no electricity, the ceiling has many skylights but is still dim by “English” standards. Bring a light if needed. Only cash or check for payment.
Inside the store, you will find name brand food for far less cost. It was very crowded when we were there with non-Amish. We stocked up well, we may not be back until late winter.
Our next stop often is Mischler’s Country Store. It’s located on W5115 Barry Road, Dalton, WI 53926. This store doesn’t have bent and dent, they specialize in bulk goods. The also have some Amish cookbooks and kitchen equipment like spatulas, bowls, etc.
A look inside the store. That’s a skylight too, brand new and bright.
We had a great shopping trip and got months of staple items we use regularly. Give it a try!