Phillip Messer 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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Phillip Messer, eldest son of Johann and Katharina Mayer Messer, purchased 120 acres near the corner of Hwy. 164 and Elmwood Road in the Village of Richfield in the late 1960s. It is believed that this building was already on the land at the time of purchase. This was only three miles south of the sawmill and gristmill operated by brother Andrew and later his uncle. Johann Mayer. Along with his wife, Sara Hoffman Messer, they raised three children on their farm: son George died in a swimming accident at North Lake; Charles married Emma Kurtz and worked the family farm after the death of his brother and parents; and daughter Louise married Louis Stresse and later farmed the homestead for 32 years.

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.

The Phillip Messer Pioneer Homestead is the building on the right.

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

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