Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Visiting Deerfield and London, Wisconsin -- Post 443 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

During our 2011 vacation to Springfield, Illinois and surrounding states, we had one day in Dane County, Wisconsin  finding Natvig and Leland homes and graves.  I wrote about it in Day 12 on the Seaver Midwest Genealogy Tour (posted 17 September 2011).

After our visit to the church and finding the graves of some of Linda's Leland ancestors, we headed for Deerfield.  My notes for the day say:

*  We drove up to Deerfield and stopped at a gas station to ask directions to London.  The library was next door, so I went there and copies some pages from the 2005 Dane County government book, which was a plat map of each town with the current owner names, and the roads well defined.  

*  We drove to London (a small town in Deerfield town right on the Dane County border with Jefferson County) via London Road, and went down to Cambridge (in Christiana town south of Deerfield town).  We had lunch at the Lake Ripley small family diner - it was great and cheap.  Then it was back to London to find the Leland land in Section 23.  There was only one house on that 40 acres, and it didn't look 140 years old.   I took pictures, and other pictures of the countryside.  There sure are a lot of corn and soybean fields!

Some photos:

1)  A farm house, perhaps on land owned by the Lelands in the 1870s, in Deerfield township:

2)  The corn was high on this farm (it was September, after all!):

3)  The diner in the town of Cambridge:

4)  One of the longer streets in the town of London.  The Lelands lived near here in the 1880-1915 time frame:

This was our last day in Dane county.  We went on to Old World Wisconsin on the next day, which we will visit next week in photos.


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