The Roi-Porlier-Tank Cottage

 

This house is the oldest frame structure in the State of Wisconsin. It was rebuilt on the original frame built by fur trader Joseph Roi. Currently it is on the grounds of the Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The original marker for the site reads as follows:
This house of wattled construction is the oldest standing house in Wisconsin. It was built in 1776 by fur-trader Joseph Roi, one of the first seven settlers of La Baye (Green Bay). It was sold in 1805 to Jacques Porlier, another French-Canadian fur-trader. Porlier was appointed captain of the Militia by the British Government during the War of 1812, and his home became the center of military arrangements.In 1850 Niels Otto Tank, wealthy Norwegian missionary, obtained the house when he purchased several hundred acres of land, hoping to establish a Moravian colony for Norwegian immigrants, Tank died in 1864 and his wife lived in the cottage until her death in 1891, devoting her life and fortune to missionary work. In 1908 the house was moved from its original site on the Fox River to Tank Park, which Mme Tank had presented to the city in 1880 in memory of her husband. The house is furnished mostly with authentic Tank pieces, many of them dating back centuries to Mme. Tank's famous Dutch ancestors.

 

Photos by Tim Sullivan

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page added:August 6, 1998
update 3/24/99