ARCHAEOLOGY -- NATIVE AMERICAN FINDINGS 

Prior to the 1840s through the 1860s, Native Americans encamped on the land here next to the original river.  The first structure built here was a log cabin between the 1840s and the 1860s.  Circa 1885, the main house was constructed around the log walls.  Looking up at the floor joists in the ceiling in the basement, the original hand-hewn logs bear out their age. 

 Native American burial mounds, and their encampments, were here way before the trapper’s cabin.   Many arrowheads have been found in the yard.  If you sit on the bench closest to the street and look North, your mind’s eye may see the numerous burial mounds that dotted this area.   Village history proves these mounds existed.  Recently, archaeologists from the Wisconsin State Historical Society made four preliminary test digs, looking for evidence of these Native Americans.  They reported that they found the remains of camp fire stones, as well as chippings left from the manufacture of arrowheads and spearheads.

 It is true, in fact, that Native Americans lived within Belleville, on the banks of the Sugar River, as far back into the past as 800 AD.  With this heritage, along with the Historical Society’s further research about the mounds that were plowed under as the white man invaded and settled the area, we hope that Native Americans reading our pages will be validated and affirmed, as we honor and acknowledge this rich tribal history. 

 Lynn and I are currently working with the Wisconsin State Historical Society to complete the paperwork for the inclusion of a historical plaque to be permanently affixed to the property.  This will designate us as a bonafide historic location.