At the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War in 1863, Delafield native First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing fell at the young age of 22. It was in on Memorial Day in 1915, Cushing Memorial Park was dedicated and a monument erected to honor Alonzo Cushing as well as his two heroic brothers, William and Howard.
Today, Cushing Memorial Park is an 8.8-acre park that has been developed into an attraction for people of all ages. The Fort Cushing play area, coupled with the last stops on the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk, has realized much of the potential that this historic park has to offer. The natural beauty of the Bark River, adjacent wetlands, and mature trees provide a picturesque setting. It also serves as a vital connector hub for trails that connect adjacent neighborhoods to the Veterans Memorial Riverwalk, Lake Country Recreational Trail and the new Cushing road bike path leading to Lapham Park. Public restrooms make it accessible for large and small groups to spend the day at the park.
The City of Delafield welcomed thousands of visitors during the Memorial Weekend in 2015. during the 100th Anniversary of Cushing Memorial Park. A 5 day citywide event held around the city included parades, meeting descendants of the Cushing Family, viewing the actual Medal of Honor, experiencing an encampment and more.
The Delafield Segment starts by heading north alongside Cushing Park Road on a paved path where it crosses Main Street and then intersects with the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Walkway. The Trail then heads east on the walkway and crosses the north side of the Bark River and continues east to Genesee Street (CTH-C).
The segment turns south on Genesee Street and passes through downtown Delafield to Wells Street where it continues to the east and transitions to the Lake Country Recreational Trail.
It passes through a subdivision and offers views of 981-acre Nagawicka Lake. The lake lies in a pre-glacial valley, blocked in on the east and west by glacial drift.
The Trail continues eastward along the Lake Country Recreational Trail and skirts the southern edge of Naga-Waukee County Park.
The segment ends on the west side of STH-83 next to the Nagawaukee Park-and-Ride.
KETTLE MORAINE STATE FOREST
W329N846 County Road C
Delafield, WI 53018
The jewel of Lake Country filled with trails, woods and prairies, a butterfly garden, picnic sites, and more. As one of the units of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak is part of the Wisconsin State Park System. The area was formed more than 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin.
Here, you can climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County. The park's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and skiing on non-designated cross-country ski trails and cross-country skiing on lighted trails.
*Photo taken from the top of the Lapham Peak 45 foot high observation tower.
ST. JOHN'S NORTHWESTERN ACADEMIES
1101 Genesee Street | Delafield, WI 53018
St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is a private, college preparatory and leadership development school that combines personalized academic instruction, mandatory participation in athletics, ongoing instruction in ethics and values, and a structured, military-style environment that together allows students an opportunity to achieve at their full potential. Our goal is to prepare cadets for success in life by instilling in them a solid work ethic, an understanding of the value of integrity and teamwork, and the ability to think critically, communicate well, and function in a diverse and ever-changing world.
To learn more or to schedule a visit, tour the campus, call (800) 752-2338 for more information.
THE DELAFIELD HISTORY CENTER & HAWKS INN
426 Wells Street
The Delafield History Center, adjacent to Hawks Inn contains a multi-purpose room for seminars, meetings, educational displays, and video presentations. Wi-Fi is available. The Inn is now open for self guided tours until the last weekend of October, the History Center is open every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to noon for volunteer work and for visitors who are welcome to see our photo collection, archives, library and exhibits. From July 15 until October 3, 2020, a selection of Wisconsin artist Emily Groom’s work will be on exhibit.
The Center was renamed some years ago to emphasize to the public that our archives are not limited to those pertaining only to Hawks Inn and the Hawks family, but include historical information for the entire Delafield area. Our large photo collection: Delafield Then and Now, has photos going back to 1870s Delafield and continuing to the present. Residents who find historical information about Delafield in their family archives are encouraged to share it with our History Center. The Delafield History Center at Hawks Inn is available for use by groups, organizations and families.
This Greek Revival - Hawks Inn, built by Nelson P. Hawks, has been described as an “unsurpassed example of an early stagecoach stop.” It was the center of social and political life in the frontier village of Delafield, Wisconsin. Built two years before Wisconsin became a state, Hawks Inn welcomed farmers in search of a homestead, trappers, traders, territorial politicians, and miners in search of a strike in the lead mines of western Wisconsin.
WISCONSIN VETERANS MEMORIAL RIVERWALK
400 Main Street
The Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk winds along the Bark River for 3/4 mile between St. John's Pond and Cushing Memorial Park.
Along the way are nine separate war memorial sites, a bridge, the entry plaza, two ecological
How do I purchase Veterans Memorial Walkway Bricks?
Bricks from individuals, families, military units, or non-profit agencies will be placed within individual memorial sites. Business and corporate sponsorship's are encouraged and will be placed at the main entry and priced accordingly. The Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk is a 501 (c)(3) organization. All contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk Board retains the right of final approval and placement of all engravings. Contact George Finch at 262-646-3245 for ordering information.