Celebrate the Fourth with a visit to historic sites in Hales Corners, open from noon to 3:00 p.m. Two are within easy walking distance: the Ben Hunt Cabin on the grounds of the Hales Corners library and the Seneca Hale Summer Kitchen on Janesville Road at approximately 114th St. Both will be staffed by docents.
The cabin dates from 1924 when Ben Hunt, a writer and craftsman, built it to serve as his workshop. In 1986, the Hales Corners Historical Society acquired the cabin and moved it to its current location. Since then, its collection of Native American artifacts has increased as has Hunt's worldwide reputation. Two years ago the cabin was named to the National Register of Historic Places.
The summer kitchen was built about 1850 behind Hale's home on Forest Home Ave. Hale had arrived in what is now Hales Corners in 1837 from upper New York where he and his family were successful farmers and innkeepers. A summer kitchen was not part of their yankee heritage; it was something Hale learned from his German neighbors who came to this wilderness in the 1840s and '50s. The historical society acquired and moved the structure in 1995.
For more information, visit us at www.HistoricHalesCorners.org.
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