John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead

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John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead
1897 Queen Anne house
John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead is located in Michigan
John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead
Location 4896-5228 Sheldon Road, Canton Township, Michigan
Nearest city Sheldon, Michigan
Coordinates 42°16′10″N 83°28′36″W / 42.26944°N 83.47667°W / 42.26944; -83.47667Coordinates: 42°16′10″N 83°28′36″W / 42.26944°N 83.47667°W / 42.26944; -83.47667
Area 9.7 acres (3.9 ha)
Built 1897
Architectural style Queen Anne, Greenhouse
Governing body Private
MPS Canton Township MPS
NRHP Reference # 00000617[1]
Added to NRHP June 02, 2000

The John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead is a private farm, including house and outbuildings, located at 4896-5228 Sheldon Road in Canton Township, Michigan. The 1897 Queen Anne farmhouse located on the site is also known as the Michael and Catherine Hasselbach Fischer House.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.[1]


1945 ranch house; greenhouses can be seen to the rear.

The John and Edna Truesdell Fischer Farmstead consists of a ten-acre field with multiple buildings, including an 1897 Queen Anne house, a 1945 ranch house, 18 greenhouses, a boiler house, and a modern garage.[3] The remains of a barn, silo, and milkhouse are also located on the property. The greenhouses are gable-end bays covered with paned glass, and were constructed in the 1940s for market farming.[2]

The 1897 Queen Anne style house is typical of the style, but is relatively unusual in the local area where gabled-ell and upright-and-wing farmhouses were more popular through the turn of the century.[3] The house has a cross plan, and the exterior contains typical Queen Anne details such as fishscale shingles and bay windows.[2]


Michael Fischer immigrated to the US from Wurttemberg, Germany in 1847 when he was 14 years old; his wife, Catherine Hasselbach, immigrated from Hesse Darmstadt, Germany in 1852.[2] The couple settled in Sheldon Corners where Michael opened a blacksmith shop. In 1862, they purchased the land this farmstead sits on and constructed a house.[2] In 1897 their son John built the Queen Anne house on the property. The quality of the house is significant, in that it attests to the degree of affluence and assimilation attained by these second generation farmers.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Kosky and Glynn Associates (April 2000), Historic and Architectural Resources of Canton Township Multiple Property Submission Nomination Form (PDF), National Park Service 
  3. ^ a b c "Fischer, John and Edna Truesdell, Farmstead". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Gerald C. Van Dusen (2006), Canton Township, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4098-6  - multiple Fischer pictures, including John and Edna's wedding picture.