Walker Tavern
Walker Tavern
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Prfct_Fan_Food_Srvc
Birmingham, MI1,381 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
We attended a high school graduation party held at the Tavern.

It is a nice space with a rustic feel. Unfinished woods give it a sense of space in the 1800's.

The tavern accommodated the gather nicely.

Next time, we'll spend more time and explore.
Written August 1, 2017
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Ml W
Saint Augustine Beach, FL174 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
This site offers a peaceful surround for a family picnic followed by a tour of the Hewitt House, the old wood Walker Tavern and the old barn complete with covered wagon and stage coach. There are also a variety of special events. The day we were there an expert on quilts was giving lessons and also offering appraisals if you happened to have an heirloom you wanted valued. The Hewitt house offers a history of life in the late 19th an early 20th century. I found the displays detailing the highlights of the peak of tourism in the Irish Hills most interesting. If you are from the area and have away you may find this a nice piece of nostalgia. The Tavern is an important piece of history as it was an important stop on the western road from Detroit to Chicago in the early 1800s. In my imagination I could experience what it must have been like to be a traveler on an 1840s stage making maybe 20 miles a day and finding a place like Walker's Tavern to be top line room and board for the night - even sharing the upstairs room with 40 other travelers. It makes me realize how easy we have it today even at the cheapest motel. This is a very nice and educational way to spend and hour or two.
Written June 24, 2015
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Debbie K
Adrian, MI8,771 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Solo
This site is a relatively interesting place to visit but there is not a lot to it. It is part of the Michigan State Park System located in the Cambridge State Historic Park. The location at the corner of US 12 and MI 50 is easy to find. The park requires the Michigan Recreation Passport (cost $11) in order to park on-site (this allows entrance and parking for all MI State parks). The Visitor Center, a partially-restored house that was built by the most recent owner of the property before it was turned over to the state, had a few interesting exhibits that described the owners of the property after the Walkers. The Tavern is a couple hundred yards across open green space from the Visitor Center and includes a period barn. On the day I visited, there was a guided tour which lasted about 20 or 25 minutes. The guide gave a good description of the barn and property along with the history of the Walker family and the Tavern during its days of operation. There were also several placards on display throughout both the barn and the tavern describing aspects of interest to the visitor. The Tavern was originally a farmhouse built in the early 1830s and purchased by Sylvester and Lucy Walker in 1843. They turned it into a Tavern to take advantage of the traffic on US 12, which was the main road between Detroit and Chicago. The tavern apparently turned out to be quite popular as the tour and placards will suggest. The popularity was so great that the Walkers built a new, larger brick Tavern across Route 12 from the original structure and used the latter as their home thereafter. The tavern was sold by Lucy Walker after her husband's death in 1865 to Francis Dewey. Dewey was a stagecoach driver who frequented the Tavern. After Dewey's death, the place was sold to Reverend Frederick and Edna Hewitt who turned it into an antique shop and museum. Hewitt was a friend of Henry Ford who visited the Tavern twice. The property was passed to the Hewitt's children with their daughter inheriting the original house and their son the brick tavern. The Hewitt's daughter deeded the original frame structure to the state. The brick tavern remained with the Hewitt's son and is still owned by a descendant, who is reportedly turning it into a B&B. After the visit to the Tavern, I went to the cemetery down the road at St. Michael's and All Saints Episcopal Church to see the Walker's graves. Overall, it was an interesting visit but there was only so much on display. It did not require a lot of time to see everything. Apparently, there are special events that take place on site including a Farmer's Market most Sundays during the season the park is open. This might be a good place to stop if you are passing through but I would not go out of the way to see this attraction.
Written June 13, 2014
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MDV
Holland, MI69 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Family
While this place looked interesting on the website, it is not. The history is simple. Two roads intersected here once upon a time and someone built a successful tavern. That’s it. You’d have to get lucky even to find the visitor center open. Maybe if you lived there you’d stop by the farmers’ market that’s only open 4 hours a week (10-2) on some summer Sundays. Maybe you’d see one of the few old-fashioned baseball games played in the lawn. But otherwise don’t waste your time.
Written May 27, 2019
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Mickey M
East Lansing , Michgan20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
What is missing is this; in October 2022 , 75 volunteers coordinated by DNR and Grand Valley State ( MichiganCares4Tourism.org) put in over 500 hours of work at Walker Tavern. A hundred benches were assembled, trails cleared and brush, fences repaired . Most dramatic was removal of 10 truckloads of invasive Autumn Olive. You can SEE the Tavern now fro M 50 or US 12!
The Froends group and local businesses were THRILLED.
I am not a website pro but I wanted to show a friend the site in person AND your site is woefully out of date. AND PURE MICHIGAN IS EQUALLY OUT OF DATE
My goodness
Written January 5, 2024
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Janice R
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
The owner & sister were there....so friendly & informative of the history of the buildings. Beautiful in side.
Written December 18, 2019
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Paul S
161 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
A fine example of how travel was in the late 1800's. It was interesting how a family could offer many amenities for those traveling to Detroit, Chicago and else where. The volunteers are top notch and made our visit.
Written August 21, 2017
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smidge5
brooklyn,michigan6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
The address of this place is M 50, but it fronts on US12, which is an historical road. It was the main road between Detroit and Chicago-originally an Indian trail-and Walker Tavern was the place to stay. There is even a barn to house the horses and buggies. If you like history-this a place to visit!

Historic baseball games are also held here in the summer.
Written March 13, 2017
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Thomas M
Jackson, MI124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
not too far of a walk, mind you, but very cool setting and exquisite example of olden days. Buildings are a one of a kind throwback to a past era.
Written September 9, 2016
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Brent B
Toledo, OH1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
Visited Labor Day weekend on Sunday. There was a fairly good farmers market in the parking lot too. We enjoyed the grounds. The buildings were well kept and the staff was well versed in the local history. It was an enjoyable 2 hours.
Written September 4, 2016
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