The Saxonia House, Preserving the Past, Building the Future tells the story of a fascinating house built by German immigrant Ernst Klessig in 1855 in Fillmore, Wisconsin. Recognized as a Washington County Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Saxonia House is the largest use of half-timbering (fachwerk) construction for commercial use in Wisconsin, if not in America.
Author Michael Besch weaves his factual story based on extensive research in a casual and easy to read collection of topics such as how the site was used by five different families over 150 years, its beer production, and its evolution into agriculture. Anyone with a familiarity with Wisconsin’s German connections will especially enjoy Besch’s version of capturing the American Dream.
Michael Besch PhD, is a former history professor and administrator at Concordia University.
140 pages with twenty black and white photos, maps and sketches.
$21.00 includes shipping taxes and handling for one book. All profits go to the restoration and activation of the Saxonia House.
Or, Send check or money order to:
Friends of the Saxonia House
P.O. box 325
Plymouth, WI 53026