Mueller-Wright House: Historical Home & Museum

© Photographed December 22, 2012
Wrightstown, Brown County, Wisconsin

The Mueller-Wright House is located at 431 Washington Street / Highway 22 (non-deliverable address), at its intersection with Mueller Street, Wrightstown, Wisconsin 54180.

National Register of Historic Places Inventory -- Nomination Form: Historic Mueller-Wright House
  • Entered on the National Register March 29, 1978
  • The house is a "good and somewhat unusual example" of Greek Revival style.
  • Vermont-born Hoel S. Wright built the primary section of the house, "probably" in the 1850s, although Irene Mueller, a granddaughter of Carl G. Mueller, maintained (in 1976) it was built sometime around 1843.
  • The village and town of Wrightstown are named for Wright, a U.S. government surveyor who made his Wisconsin fortune through land speculation and the operation of a series of commercial enterprises, including a trading post on the lower Fox River at the mouth of Plum Creek, Wrightstown's first mill, the American House hotel, and a ferry service across the Fox.
  • German immigrant Carl G. Mueller settled in Wrightstown in 1856 and worked for Wright as a clerk in his American House hotel. Mueller himself became a prosperous businessman -- eventually establishing a general store, owning "sizeable chunks" of town real estate, and operating a steam-powered saw mill which employed 50 men. He became as prominent as Wright, frequently held local elective office, and donated the land for St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church. He is remembered as "an enterprising man" and "a civic-minded philanthropist".
  • Mueller bought the Wright house lot (described as being "in sorry shape") in 1871 for $2,000, and began extensive remodeling in 1872 that produced what is known today as the "Mueller-Wright House".
  • Today the home is owned by the Village of Wrightstown and serves as a museum and home to the Wrightstown Historical Society.

The flag was at half-mast on the day of the visit,
to honor the victims of the Newton, CT, massacre.


Sam S. said...

It should probably be Joel Wright, and the date of construction might be incorrect.

Melinda Roberts said...

I've updated the post -- "probably" and "might" are not an effective means for correcting historical research. As you will see from the update, which was thoroughly researched, you are incorrect on both assumptions.

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