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Where to start on this topic except to tell you about a great Web site I came across while researching Octagon Houses from here in Macomb Co. While in the NET, came across Macomb Co.'s Own Renaissance Man -- William Austin Burt. Back to him in a split second....
In trying to find about Mr. Burt's Octagon Home this web site link appeared: Http://www.octagon.bobanna.com/ This site is a treasure trove of information, Photos, maps etc. The proviso that was noted on the Home / Main page is that if using any information from the site to mention the fact. So: thanks to Robert Kline & Ellen Puerzer for the Inventory of Older Octagon, Hexagon, and Round Houses.
Also there is a notice of a companion book..."the Octagon House Inventory". which you can click on the link from the Main pg.
The 2nd page of this site has the following info.: ....the number of old houses in the inventory in year 2010 stands at ---404; ....the number of structures in the inventory in year 2010 stands at ----988
then a list follows where all 50 States, District of Columbia, Canada & Mystery Houses appear: the states with zero such houses are: Arkansas, Idaho, New Mexico& Wyoming; all the remaining states , DofC, Canada are listed a links & the number of such houses per state. ..New York has 171 with Michigan 2nd at 103; Should you be interested go to the site and click away on your state & any other one that hits your fancy.
William Austin Burt--"Renaissance Man of Macomb County": ...accomplishments mostly on the scientific side; ...diverse achievements; ..."in the pioneer days of white men in the Michigan region" see: http://www.macombcountymi.gov/historicalcommission/historytales.htm ...he was a member of the territorial Michigan Legislature 1826-1827; ...a Macomb County Circuit Judge--1833 ...one of the first surveyors / explorers of the "Michigan Territory" ; ...he was a noted surveyor who worked in other states; ...his work, when resurveyed is mostly found to be totally accurate; ...he was the inventor of the solar compass; ... he discovered the first iron reserves in Michigan; ...the first American patent for a typewriter was granted to William A. Burt in 1829; ...he was a millwright and designed an Octagon House; ...his Octagon House & his Wedding Cake House still can be found in what was the former Village of Mt. Vernon in Washington Twp.--thus the name Mt. Vernon which was named for George Washington's estate in Virginia. The history of Mt. Vernon can be read at the web site above [history tales]
Because I do not have permission to post a photo of the Octagon Home here--that also can be found along with a photo ofWilliam A. Burt on that web site.
However, because of Wikipedia's Commons permission, I can offer you the photo from there of the "Wedding Cake House" which was built next to the Octagon House. It was built for his sons.
Both the Wedding Cake House & the Octagon House are privately owned: I was thinking about taking my own photos of same, but on second thought decided that even with permission from the 'now' owners--were it me, I would probably not want an updated photo posted on line. That the web sites listed above DO include such photos is one thing--for me to take others just seemed wrong.
William Austin Burt--born June 13, 1792 & died August 18, 1858 He left Mt. Vernon around 1856 and moved to Detroit where he spent the rest of his years. He, his wife & sons are all buried in the same tomb in Detroit's Elmwood Cemetery.
The website for the Macomb Co. Historical-Tales that is listed above has all the pertinent photos for this "Trip through the Local History Tales of Macomb County" .
I will be referencing many more "Trips" using the information & hopefully personal photos of "Public Markers" around this fun County.
You are invited to join in the "Trips" to come.
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