Madison's first white woman settler
Roseline Willard Peck
Born in Vermont, Roseline Peck came to Wisconsin in 1836. Settling first in Blue Mounds, Peck soon moved to Madison and became the first white woman settler. The Pecks built and operated an inn in Madison to lodge workmen building the new capitol. Her memoirs of the founding of Madison are included in Daniel Durrie's history of the capital, available elsewhere in Turning Points in Wisconsin History.