Sometimes the most interesting places are right around the corner. We tend to overlook places when we live right by them, but on a Thursday afternoon I was helping the hubby install an underground fence for a property next to this cute little building. Curiosity got the best of me and I asked the property owner about this place. It turns out there is quite the history behind this little building which is on its way along with the former Sesslers Meeme House tavern to take a permanent residence at Pinecrest Historical Village west of Manitowoc Wisconsin.
The tavern was built around 1855 as a stage coach inn along the old Green Bay Road, this overnight stop between Manitowoc and Sheboygan had a few rooms, a ballroom on the second floor, and a tavern on the first floor. There are a handful of similar old stage coaches like this one still in existance in Wisconsin including the Dousman Inn (Brookfield, 1843); the Hawks Inn (Delafield, 1846); the Wade House (Greenbush, 1850) which is also located in my area; and the Okauchee House (Okauchee, 1850-1851). The poll house was constructed on 1900 and was used as the voting site until 1983. This one room building has the original voting booths, ballot boxes, and other items still inside awaiting the move to the historical village. You can read more about this historical marker here. The move and restoration project is expected to cost around $950,000 and if you go to the Pinecrest Historical website there is a link where you can donate to this project. Once the buildings arrive they will be the focal point of the village.
For now until enough funds are raised, these two very important pieces of history are located in the town of Meeme located west of Cleveland in between Sheboygan and Manitowoc off of State Highway 42.
Until then, you can experience the stage coach inn life at the Wade House, located in Greenbush, Wisconsin just west of Plymouth in Sheboygan County.