West Allis is a pretty large city, but in its early days, it was a tiny community. The city is going back to those roots this weekend as it celebrates the 4th Annual Settlers' Weekend at the West Allis Historical Society, 8405 W. National Ave. West Allis. The festivities run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 29 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 30. Admission is free.
Visitors will step back in time as they visit early West Allis -- once called North Greenfield. They can visit a general store, see the blacksmith shop and pioneer room and experience an 1880s class room -- complete with old school bell. Mountain men and trappers from the 19th century will be on hand to tell their tales. The Historical Society building is chockablock with antique tools, dolls and other artifacts from the beginnings of the town. There will also be guided tours of the adjoining Honey Creek Cemetery -- led by one of the town's "early citizens." Honey Creek, founded in 1849, has five Civil War soldiers and is still an active cemetery.
There will also be an ice cream social and other fun activities.
This late summer get-together is sponsored by the West Allis Historical Preservation Commission. Come and see West Allis life in the days gone by!