Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Satterlee Clark House

Let's go way back on this Wednesday to another period in time.  A glimpse back to what my town used to be and where it has came from.  Back in February the Phoenix group in conjunction with the Satterlee Clark House, historical museum, had a winterfest celebration.  The teaming up of these two organizations equates to a fantastic idea.  All to often you live in a place and forget about the little local places that you haven't seen in a while.
The Satterlee Clark house consists of three buildings.  There is the main house, a barn and a one room school house.  We will start our little tour in the main house in the kitchen.  Not many photographs of the main level because you need to go see it yourself.
In the basement area, they had old uniforms from the post office.

There were also various trinkets from 50's and 60's.  It was interesting because some of the items we were wishing were still available today.

The upper level consisted of bedrooms set up for the different period.  Yes, I am slightly clothes obsessed especially when it comes to looking at the older dresses.  No mass production going on there. A number of the settlers in the Horicon area were German, so there were a few items in German located throughout the house.  When my grandmother was growing up her family still spoke German in her home.  Another area offered in the main home is a genealogy area, where an individual can review census records and old articles.
After our exploration of the main house, we wandered to the back barn. 
 Here we were treated to a demonstration by a blacksmith.
The amount of skill it takes to do this just amazes.  It is very tedious how they have to heat, mold, heat, bend, etc. over and over.  One of my must exciting moments in the barn area was the realization they basically recreated a restaurant named Manolis that once stood in our downtown area. 

It was owned by two greek sisters and I can honestly say that was not the first time I sat in that both.  Since then it has sadly became a parking lot.  I was overjoyed when I saw it was almost like it used to be "back in my day" when I stopped.
And the above picture speaks for itself.  Newspaper fonts from 1883.  Could you imagine printing a whole paper by placing stamps in a machine to print out the news.  Wow.
After the barn, we headed over to the one room school house.  Of course being a school house, there were various old desks in it and it was set up like a classroom.  now I am not going to lie there were one or two desks that I couldn't reset lifting the top on to see if my name was on it.  Aside from it being set up like a school there were huge displays of indian arrowheads that had been found around the Horicon area.
And that ended our little hometown excursion.   If you are up in the area, take a stop and check out the history of Horicon.  Or if you have lived there for a while, take a walk down memory lane or discover that you learned something new about our little town.

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