The Settlers House (Holland, West)
Ship's carpenter and Irish Canadian immigrant Thomas Morrissey constructed this tiny cottage for his wife and (ultimately) five children in 1867. The house survived the Holland Fire of 1871, the same day as the fires in Chicago, Illinois and Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Restored by the Holland Museum and opened to the public in 2001, the Settlers House recalls a life of hardships faced by area settlers and illustrates their daily lives from the wallpapers they purchased to the rubbish they threw out the back door. The house is furnished with locally used objects from the Holland area's settlement period of 1845-1880, objects from the Holland Museum's extensive collection.