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Galloway House and Village
Place - Galloway House and Village
336 Old Pioneer Road
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
(920) 922-6390 or (920) 922-1166
Open daily Memorial Day weekend through
and weekends in September, 10am-5pm; gates close at 4pm.
The Galloway house is part of a historical
park, maintained by the Fond du Lac Historical Ssociety called The
Galloway House and Village, found on Old Pioneer Road.
DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY:
French explorers first visited the Fond du
Lac area in the early 1700s and established a trading outpost on
the south shore of Wisconsin's largest body of water Lake
The Galloway House is a lovely 1880, 30
room mid-Victorian farm home, with many Italiante details, part of
a historical park, maintained by the Fond du Lac Historical
Society. This historical society had rescued this Victorian home
and bought some of its farm land as well, making it a place to move
other rescued historical buildings, creating a nice village, made
up of a church, photographer's shop, town hall, newspaper print
shop, and one-room school.
The Galloway House was the family abode for
3 generations of the Galloway family. In the beginning, the first
generation Galloways were strictly farmers , buying land and
building a regular, wooden farm home, average garden variety, when
this part of Wisconsin opened up to settlers.
Edwin Galloway invested in lumber after
1854, when the native Indians gave title to their forest lands to
the government, around the lakes. Edwin made his fortune. As the
Galloways prospered, new grander additions were added, finally
finishing this lovely Victorian home in 1880. This Victorian became
a place where the Galloways raised their families, entertained
others, perhaps hosting events as well.
In 1926, the grandson of Edwin Galloway
moved his family into a 1910 Queen Anne Victorian in Fond du Lac,
because his wife wanted to live in town. Various other people lived
here, but the home eventually became empty of the living.
I highly recommend taking the tour of this
lovely house, where one can learn how people in the past lived, as
well as see the period furniture and decorum, and the house
lay-out. The Fond du Lac Historical Society did a fine job in
renovating and restoring this grand old lady, though some small
projects still need to be done. Thank goodness for historical
societies who save old structures from the wrecking ball, or from
suffering the fate of a complete remodeling job which destroys its
original personality. (The General Wayne Inn)
The older part of the house is well-laid
out and practical in nature, with no wasted space. The add-on,
mid-Victorian additions are lovely, and well-done, a great example
of a mid-Victorian home with Italiante details, and inlaid and
carved wood, and other very nice artistic touches.
I found out some interesting details about
Though Mrs. Galloway had a cook and
servants, she served her dinner guests herself, taking the food
from the window where the food to be served was placed when ready,
from the kitchen.
There is a beloved dog, a stuffed black
retriever, which is laying down in the living room.
In the tower area, they kept the ornate
family coffin, used for wakes in the home, when one of their own
passed on. The staircase accommodated the occasional need to take
the coffin down from the attic, into the parlor for viewing of the
HISTORY OF MANIFESTATIONS:
As with every family, people eventually
die, and sometimes prefer to hang around their earthly things or
home, instead of passing over to the other side.
Some feel that former slaves are still
hanging around, perhaps left over from the early 19th century when
slaves or indentured servants still existed in the north. However,
according to a historical account, slavery wasn't the way people
ran farms, or had help, even in the early days. There was plenty of
hired help available; mostly Frenchmen. If someone moved with
slaves from the South or Missouri, the pressure was on them to
release them or not treat them as slaves, but members of the
family. The practice of slavery was strongly discouraged, and harsh
treatment definitely wasn't tolerated by the people of
It is highly unlikely that the Galloways
even had slaves. No mention of the practice is in evidence in the
museum or the property itself, let alone the tour.
Alleged Auditory Reports:
Sensitive people have heard dishes
clattering in the kitchen.
People have heard giggling coming from the upstairs playroom.
People have heard unseen presences moving around and talking
Can't say for sure...
No other reports from more reliable sources
have substantiated these accounts. No tell-tale cold spots or other
stronger manifestations besides the auditory ones have been
reported by anyone. Usually, entities seek attention from the
living, while getting some chuckles at the same time.
These entities could be really benign and
gentle, well behaved and just going about their business, or
perhaps some people may have an active imagination. Of course, the
home is closed to the living after 4:00 pm, giving the home to any
entity who may be lingering about. During the evening hours, many
entities become active.
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