The Gardens

2012 SPECIAL EVENT: Mrs. Eghart was known for her lilacs which she sold in Milwaukee.   There were many parties hosted outside in the warmer months. Several lilac bushes still bloom on the property each spring.  In 2012 we were honored to be a part of the Port Washington Garden Walk, on July 14.  We showcased our potted and cutting gardens.Garden (4) Garden (3) Garden (2) Garden (1)


Victorian Home Remedies

Blackberry Cordial
Blackberry Cordial
Fennel, Licorice and Caraway Plant Flavorings
Fennel, Licorice and Caraway Plant Flavorings

2011 EXHIBITS: AUGUST. Without Walmart nearby, the Victorians created their own home remedies and a sampling of these were on display.  Visitors could taste a blackberry cordial that promotes good health.  A local woman’s lovely navy blue wedding dress (not white, and you’ll learn why) was also on display.

Judge Eghart’s Wake


JudgeEghart2011 EXHIBITS: JULY

Judge Eghart Is Dead

Country Judge Leopold Eghart died at his home in the city on Wednesday afternoon at 4:45 o’clock, after an illness of only four days. He attended to his official duties as usual on Saturday last, but said to friends that he was not feeling very well. On Monday he was so much indisposed that he remained at home, although he transacted business with attorneys and others who called. But that evening his condition became rapidly worse and by Tuesday afternoon he had lost consciousness. He neve

r rallied and passed peacefully to, everlasting rest on the following day.

Judge Eghart was a man of sterling worth and unimpeachable character, and a faithful public servant for more than a quarter of a century. The high esteem in which he was universally held was shown at the recent election, when in spite of his advanced years and inability to make an active canvass, he was reelected over three opponents by a vote nearly as large as their combined vote.

The funeral will be held this (Saturday) afternoon at three o’clock under the auspices of the Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was a member.

Judge Leopold Eghart was born in Austria in 1824; emigrated to the United States in 1849 and engaged in the mercantile business at Newburg, which he carried on for about a year. In the fall, of 1850 he

came to Port Washington and worked in Goldsmith’s store as bookkeeper, with whom he remained until 1859, when he was elected, Clerk of the Court. The office he held one term, when he again entered Goldsmiths employ. In 1867 he went to Cedarburg and in partnership with Fred Horneffer engaged in the mercantile business, which was continued until 1875 when Mr. Eghart retired from the firm. In 1877 he was elected County Judge, which office he held continuously up to the time of his death.

He is survived by one son, Albert, and four daughters, Mrs. E.B. Bostwick, Mrs. Meta Douglas, Emily and Elsa.

Port Washington Star – April 20, 1901

When Judge Eghart died, the undertaker would have come to the house and prepare for the wake.  With the help of James and Ruthann Augustine, Milwaukee Area Technical College-Funeral Service Department, Lighthouse Florist in Saukville and Kristen and Pat at the Poole Funeral Home we were able to transform the house to illustrate the Judge’s wake in July of 2011.

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Laundry Day

2010 EXHIBIT: On laundry day, the copper boiler on the wood-burning stove was filled with boiling water and the clothes were boiled until clean.  To get stains out of table linens and little boys’ knickers a washbowl with scrub-board on the kitchen table, basket of laundry soaps at the ready and a little elbow grease when needed.  In summer, the laundry would have been done in the summer kitchen, removed from the main house. In winter, the kitchen would have been very steamy.

The ironing board is set up nearby,  flatirons and a ruffle-making iron heat up on the kitchen stove next to a boiler full of simmering laundry.  When an iron grew too cool to press the linens and clothing it was replaced with a hot iron. The ruffle-maker was used to create ruffled borders to clothing and fancier linens.

In the1800s many clotheslines were stretched in the back yard to accommodate all linens that would be washed along with all the clothing.   Our Hydrangea bushes would also be useful.  Laundry dried outside was naturally whitened by the sun.  The drying rack could be used outdoors or indoors near the wood-burning  stove to dry or heat clothing, sheets or blankets.