Irish Hills

Lenawee County Community
Historic Brick Walker Tavern

Historic Brick Walker Tavern

11705 US Hwy 12, Brooklyn, MI 49230
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Description

Passing through kettle lakes and rolling hills, two Irish Hills roads meet at Cambridge Junction. One road, a worn Indian trail surveyed in 1825, joins Detroit with Chicago (now US-12); the other the La Plaisance Bay Pike (now M-50) joins Monroe on Lake Erie to Alto in west Michigan.

High traffic on these two roads in the 1830s created the need for a wayside tavern where people traveling by stage, wagon or foot could rest, take a meal or stay the night.  Cost for a meal and lodging was 50 cents — the cost for an acre of land was $1.25.  Most travelers on the two roads were looking for farms to purchase.