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Historic Octagon House
This National Registered Historic Home is first and foremost a private residence. Built in 1856 by Issac Brown, with the architectural design of Orson Fowler, it holds both mystery and fascination. Constructed on an established 1814 settlement and trading post, this 12 room grout home became the wedding gift to Edwin Brown (son of Isaac) and his bride Ruth Pier, as residence until his death in the battle of Antietam, in 1862. The Octagon House features 9 secret passageways including an underground tunnel, found by current owner, Marlene Hansen during restoration in 1975. Used for a safe house in the "underground railroad" the home would have kept its secrets forever, if not for the foresight of the Hansen's and their efforts to save this landmark from demolition. Today this Talking House is at the head of Fond du Lac's Historic District, preserving history for generations to come! Showings my be arranged by contacting Marlene Hansen at 920-922-1608.
- Wisconsin History
- Historic Homes