Ask NOW: What's the story behind the Stagecoach Inn Museum?

Dec. 18, 2012

What's the history of Stagecoach Inn Museum?

Issue: A reader wants to know how the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum came to be and what the story is behind it.

Status: The Elmbrook Historical Society is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Historical Society and was founded in 1980. The Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum is the society's main project, according to Elmbrook Historical Society's website.

The website describes the inn as a Greek revival inn.

According to the website:

The inn was built in 1842 and originally stood at the corner of Bluemound and Watertown Plank roads.

Daniel Brown purchased the property in 1857 and ran it as an inn for travelers going by stagecoach from Milwaukee to Watertown on the famed plank road.

By 1875, railroads replaced stagecoach travel and the inn property became a farm.

Charles Dunkel obtained the farm in 1887. Dunkel's descendent, John Behling, donated the inn to the city of Brookfield in 1980.

The historical society leased the inn from the city and moved the inn to its current location in 1981.

Brookfield NOW .com

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