Walker House In Hancock Goes Back In Time With Class
Many times when I get the weekly Waushara County Argus from the mailbox I think of Hawkeye from TV’s Mash who read Crabapple Cove news from his local newspaper. I am never sure what I will find in the Argus, but know without it I am sure to miss something that will alert me to this tidbit of news or that happening that I could live without knowing, but appreciate being informed about all the same.
Such was the case this week when a nice article on the large, and historical Walker House landed on page four of the paper.
This house was one my Mom always talked about, as it was so big and on a rise. There were times as a kid I wondered what it would be like to live there. Mom wanted to live in town in her younger days of being a wife, and at some point became resigned to the fact that it was never going to happen. Even so there were always those drives that were just a little out-of-the-way past the Walker House as we came back from grocery shopping off the highway, or after filling the car up at the local station. “We are so close, lets just drive by,” was the long-used phrase. And so we often drove past and she always gazed out and up at the home. I could not know then what such a home might mean to her, but as an adult I appreciate the wonder of how that house fills the imagination.
There is no way not to see the charm in the home, and potential for long hours of reading and drinking coffee on the porch as the evening drifts down on the small town. The joy of decorating, and finding the old charms that make a house like this speak from the past would be half the fun of living there.
I never recall my brother expressing any desire to live in such an old home, but my sister in her youth often wondered about the thrill of such a place. As I grew into my teenage years my thoughts turned to the history that the folks who had built the house and lived there had experienced, along with what hopes and fears they had felt as the years passed.
But over the years that we always drove by we never had the chance to venture inside.
My Dad would have had to invest in a riding lawn mower, and with his desire to always have a lawn that passed an almost military-type inspection might be one reason we stayed in the country. Though it should be noted any lawn inspection was still going to impress a passerby even out on the rural road where we lived. Still there is no way not to be captured by the layout of the Walker House, and the spacious and luxuriating quality of this place.
All this came to mind as the Argus told the story of a “High-T” at the Walker House where a small group gathered for a formal affair where ladies wore antique hats and white linens and fine china filled the table with charm. Each china teacup and saucer was a one-of-a-kind collectible. Imported tea from England was served along with treats made from scratch which included triangles of roast beef with horseradish and lingonberries, and of course cucumber sandwiches.
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