There was still some daylight left after the annual “Pie on the Patio” event at the Clark House last week, so I thought I’d stop by Mequon’s historic Isham Day House on my way home. Isham Day was one of Mequon’s first settlers, and he built his tidy home, sometimes known as the “Yankee Settler’s Cottage,” in 1839. It’s a town landmark, and I’d never been to see it.
While enjoying my first look at the Day House, I also took the opportunity to meander through the adjacent Settlers Park. It’s a beautiful little park, with an accessible boardwalk that leads down to and along the west bank of the Milwaukee River. It’s a short, easy stroll; I highly recommend it. By the time you reach the riverbank you’ll forget you are in a busy 21st-century downtown.
Photo credit: Anna Perkins, 2021. Click any photo to open gallery and access larger versions of the images.
I’ll have more to say about Isham Day’s life, his role in Mequon’s first years, life after Mequon, and death during the Civil War, in a future post or two.
Thanks again to photographer Anna Perkins for the excellent photos…and a grand day out.
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