What's New(s) At The Walker House


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The Walker House has expanded by purchasing the commercial building at 318 High Street in the center of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, only yards away from the Saturday Farmer’s Market, two city parks, four restaurants, four bars, two churches, and all the niceties of a small town like post office, medical clinic, pharmacy, variety store, and more. For entertainment, you can leave Walker House West five minutes before curtain time and still arrive early at the Opera House, the Friday night shindig at the Grey Dog, the wine bar, and more than six galleries. It’s the perfect location.

A federal style brick building constructed in 1863, Walker House West has three levels covering almost 5,000 sq. ft.

  • Lower Level: home to a local accounting firm, storage for the Walker House, and workshop for Dan and crew.
  • First Floor: eventual home of Dan’s new school. More
  • Second Floor: one lodging unit set up as one-bedroom apartment with bedroom, living room, fully-stocked kitchen, and bathroom. More






We just received the following email from Foodnetwork.com!
FoodNetwork.com feature about Wisconsin’s best foods is now live (and you’re in it)
Terese Allen <tallen@gdinet.com> Sat, Mar 11, 2017 at 6:20 PM


I’m writing to let you know that you’re featured in a food gallery that I recently wrote for the FoodNetwork.com (with gorgeous photos by Jim Klousia and others). It’s an article about the iconic foods of Wisconsin and the best places to find them.

The article is now live and you can find it at http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaura…/…/what-to-eat-wisconsin (click “Open Gallery” until you find the pasty image. Then read the write-up below the image). Please do pass it along to your customers, friends and family. Share it on Facebook, too!

Thanks for making great Wisconsin food happen. Enjoy the article, and happy Spring (it really is coming).
Terese Allen


Here’s a Sneak Peek at the New Banquet Room at the Walker House! Seats 100+. White oak and cherry floors. White oak bar. Walking labyrinth in the center of the room (first labyrinth in the world in a commercial dining room). Floor and bar constructed from trees we felled 14 miles away.


It’s unlike any room in the world, a real treasure, and it holds some secrets in its walls. This room also nurtures the child in us, the one who’s always curious about things and looking for the wonder and mystery in the world around us.

The room is big, 10’ x 15’ with a 10’ ceiling, 3’ x 6’ entrance/baggage/coat area, and 6’ x 10’ private bathroom with shower and tub 5’ away, across the hallway. Room 11 feels like a suite in the ground, and that’s where the wonder and mystery begin. This corner room fits into a part of the Walker House carved into a stone hill. Instead of hiding the stone, we and the crew exposed it on two walls, and even embellished some secrets in the walls by tuckpointing a game among the stones. We challenge you to find embedded among the stone a Cornish pasty (plaster, of course), 100,000 year-old fossil (please name it for me), authentic horse hitching post ring used in the 1800s, and a dozen other items. Find all the items, and win a prize—two Chocolate Shoppe ice cream cones from the Walker House Ice Cream Shoppe, one for you and one for Dan (Kathy claims she needs to cut down on her ice cream consumption…we shall see).

The room is not just fun and games and treats. There’s a very serious side to it, too. The stones give the room a feel of power, wonder, and natural warmth, and so we wondered if we could magnify this feeling by adding more of nature’s own materials. A bunch of friends and Dan gathered 14 miles away and harvested white oak and black walnut trees to make lumber for this room. The wood frames the stone wall, creates an alternating diagonal pattern on another wall, and serves as the construction material for all the furniture in the room—a room size cabinet with a top for lamps and books and smart phones, an L-shaped table made of rare 15” wide black walnut, an armoire for clothes and valuables, two single beds with Serta mattresses and memory foam pads (slide the beds together to make a queen), and much more. The room feels so special and warm and cozy to us that we love to sneak in there to read and write and, we’re embarrassed to admit it, to take nap. That reminds us, what about natural light? A high south window floods the room with bright light when you want it, and a blackout shade blocks it out when you don’t, like when you want to nap.

We love the feeling of being surrounded by stone, wood, and light, and to feel so safe, cozy, and warm. The child in us feels the wonder, and the adult in us simply says, “Thank you.”


Kathy and KevinNine students sold $1806 of Walker House Foods and Snacks for the recent MPHS Choir Fundraiser.

We were so impressed with the energy and bookkeeping of the students that we donated $180.60 to the Fundraiser to raise the contribution level from 40% to 50%. This means that $.50 of each dollar that was given went directly to the students, and the other $.50 bought scrumptious Walker House Foods and Snacks.

It was a pleasure working with the students, and we look forward to participating in more fundraiser events in the community.

(Pictured is Kathy Vaillancourt, Walker House owner, giving a $903 check to Kevin Cooley, MPHS Choir Director.)




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