Charles Motz Pioneer Homestead

Photographed October 22, 2014
Richfield Historical Park
Richfield, Washington County, Wisconsin
43.265699,-88.256073 (entrance to the park)
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Charles Motz and his wife, Pauline Kurthals Motz, purchased 65 acres adjacent to his parent's [sic] homestead near what is now the intersection of Willow Creek and Colgate Roads in the Village of Richfield. It is believed this building was already on the land at the time of the purchase. The had a son, Walter, who married neighbor Elsie Mosehman. Walter and Elsie had two children, son Otis Motz and daughter Lillian Motz Bauer. The cabin served on the Charles Motz family home until 1909 when a larger house was built to the south of the cabin. 

Both buildings were disassembled at their original locations and reassembled log by log here in the Richfield Historical Park by the Richfield Historical Society to preserve a part of our pioneer past. 
The marker is located at Richfield Historical Park. The entrance to the park is located on eastbound Pleasant Hill Road, between Wisconsin Highway 154 (to the west) and Hillside Road (to the east), Richfield, Wisconsin 53076.

This a fabulous property -- scenic, serene, and beautiful, with numerous historical buildings and markers.  One road winds through the park, so it's impossible to miss any of the stops documented on this post.

Richfield Historical Park is owned and managed by the Richfield Historical Society. Currently, the Historical Society is working hard to build a restoration fund to get the historic Messer / Mayer Mill grinding again. Click here to learn more about the Mill's history and the restoration project.

Charles Motz Pioneer Homestead is located to the left of the marker.

Looking west along Pleasant Hill Road, at the entrance to the park.

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