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Saturday, February 18, 2017
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A few years ago, Margie Isenberg Abel stopped in Baraboo on a trip through Wisconsin, and that trip piqued her interest about her family’s links to Sauk County history. She knew of local kin Jim Isenberg (who is a second cousin), and wanted to learn more. With help from author Jerry Apps, a local Ringling historian, Abel contacted relatives of George Isenberg in Germany. She learned that three of seven Isenberg brothers left the family carpentry business to come to America. Two of the brothers, George and Carl, started Isenberg Brothers in Sauk City before moving to Baraboo. Here they built several landmark structures that, despite being built more than a century ago, remain vibrant institutions.
Then about 2 years ago, The Isenberg great-granddaughters returned for a week to Baraboo, intent on researching the indelible imprint the Isenberg buildings left on Baraboo. They came from Kansas and New Hampshire to see the Baraboo Library, the Al. Ringling Mansion, St. John’s Lutheran Church, the Ringling House Bed & Breakfast and the Van Orden Mansion – all built by their Isenberg ancestors.
“They were unbelievable mansions for that time,” said Margie Isenberg Abel, the chief family researcher.
They compared notes with Executive Director Paul Wolter of the Sauk County Historical Society, about the construction company run by their great-grandfather and his brother George.
“They were, bar none, the premier builders of Sauk County,” Wolter said.
There were seven sons and three daughters in the Isenberg family. George, being the youngest son, was educated in Germany, and as a youth was apprenticed to the trade of carpenter. In 1885, he immigrated to the United States, and once arriving in Sauk County, he eventually took up residence in Baraboo, where he lived without interruption-although in the interest of his business affairs, he resided for short periods at other places. For three or four years he was employed as a carpenter by his brother Karl, with whom he eventually formed a partnership, and the firm of Isenberg Brothers grew to be one of the leading contracting and building concerns in this part of the state. During this time the brothers erected many of the largest buildings in Baraboo, including all the Ringling buildings, and in 1912 George Isenberg went to Florida, where he erected the winter home for Charles and Edith Ringling.
Margie Isenberg Abel of Kansas, Ann Isenberg of New Hampshire and Carol Isenberg Dillon of Kansas, sitting on the stirs of the Van Orden Mansion, one the homes constructed by Carl and George Isenberg.
Thanks to Ben Bromley of the Baraboo news Republic and the Archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society for Information in the preparation of this piece.
No matter what type of skiing you like, they have it near Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells area. There are several ski hills in the area including Cascade Mountain, Devils Head Resort, and Christmas Mountain.
Cascade Mountain has added some new downhill runs this year, and has hills that range from easy to expert levels, including bunny hills and mogul runs. And for you beginners, they offer lessons, and multiple easy runs. If Skiing or Snowboarding is not your thing, they also have an excellent tubing hill, with a magic carpet ride that brings you back up to the top of the hill! For more information see http://www.cascademountain.com/.
Devils Head Resort has hills that range from easy to expert levels, including bunny hills and terrain runs. They also offer snowboard and ski lessons, and multiple more difficult level runs. For more information see http://www.devilsheadresort.com/the-mountain/.
Christmas Mountain can be a bargain for someone who wants to see if they enjoy skiing. It has shorter runs ranging from easy to expert. You can enjoy lessons given by an experienced skier, on a hill with no other ski traffic, every saturday morning. They also have a tubing hill, and led guided night time cyber tubing! For more information see https://www.christmasmountainvillage.com/skiing.
And for you skiers, miles of groomed trails are waiting for you at both Devils Lake State Park and Mirror Lake State Park!
Devils Lake State Park offers 17 miles of groomed cross country ski trails, that start near the north shore park entrance. They also offer candlelight snowshoe events, and allow you to “borrow” snowshoes, sit by a fire to warm up, and enjoy s’mores! For more information on park events see http://www.devilslakewisconsin.com/park-events/.
Mirror Lake State Park has another 20 miles of trails, with similar events, including candlelight ski events. There are many freebies that come with these events including hot chocolate and s’more making around the warmth of a blazing fire. For more information on Mirror lake events, see http://mirrorlakewisconsin.com/events/.
Be sure to check the wisconsin snow report site before you come to see if the conditions are right for your ski or snowshoe adventures: http://www.travelwisconsin.com/snowreport.
Hope to see you on the hill!
The Farm/Art DTour is a 50-mile self-guided back roads tour by car, bike or buggy through the beautiful, unglaciated hills and valleys of Sauk County.
The DTour is punctuated by temporary art installations and artist-built Roadside Culture Stands selling fresh, locally grown produce as part of our new Food Chain initiative. You’ll also find Field Notes (rural culture education sites), Farm Forms (creations made by farmers, area businesses and community groups), Pasture Performances and more!
In October 2015, the DTour route will shift to another part of Sauk County, highlighting four new communities through beautiful working land and striking natural landscapes. This fifty-mile self-guided drive through scenic working lands of northwest Sauk County is punctuated by temporary art installations, Roadside Culture Stands, PassWords, Field notes, and Pasture Performances. CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PDF MAP OF THE NEW 2015 DTOUR ROUTE.
Meet the 2015 Farm/Art DTour Artists and learn more about their art installations.
Check out the schedule, find stages and rain venue locations, and meet the 2015 Pasture Performers.
Learn about the creations along the DTour made by area farmers, landowners, businesses and community organizations.
The Food Chain is a marketplace of food, art, and ideas, featuring artist-made Roadside Culture Stands
Download a pdf map of the DTour, with information about the stops along the way and the people who created them.
The Ringling House Bed & Breakfast is an ideal venue for an executive retreat, club meeting or strategic planning session. The Library or Dining Room can comfortably accommodate up to 16 people. Secure WI-FI Internet access, projector w/ 100 inch double sided viewing screen available, as well as wireless printer/ scanner, copier and shredder. Adjacent rooms can be utilized as a break station to help keep you alert and refreshed. Accommodations at the Ringling House Bed & Brea…kfast include off-street parking and a total of six guest rooms. We offer reduced rates for attendees who choose to stay on during or after the conference or meeting. This applies to single occupancy, Sunday through Thursday evenings. We work with area caterers who can provide any food needs for your event, in addition to the farm to table breakfast made fresh daily. For more information, please visit www.ringlinghousebnb.com
We were recently interviewed by the Baraboo News Republics own Ben Bromley regarding our new Baraboo business. The link below will take you to the article. Thank you Ben for such a nice writeup!
The Charles Ringling Estate was pretty high tech in it’s time, it was made to be a self sustaining estate. It had a barn with a chicken coop, carriage house for carriages and horses, an underground cistern system that collected water from the gutters of all the buildings, and a green house. Now this cistern system fed water to the fire suppression system in the house, the outdoor fountain, the horses in the barn, and the plants in the greenhouse. Yesterday, as we were cleaning out the greenhouse, we found out how high tech this estate was for its time. The greenhouse was heated by a radiator system. Not only was the greenhouse heated, but the tables that held the plants were heated from below so the plants would survive the cold wisconsin winters! As history buffs, these things just amaze us! Hope you enjoy us sharing this with you!
Thursday night in a small town in Wisconsin with your spouse, no kids in site, what would you think of to do?
My fiance and I are finding out that the small town of Baraboo is about a bit more than stopping by the local watering hole. Since we are new in town, we have been exploring everything Baraboo has to offer. In this way, we can give our customers at the Bed & Breakfast, a first hand experience of the best of Baraboo.
This past Thursday, August 13th, 2015, there were a few things that Stuart and I wanted to check out. One was the packer pre-season game, and the other was the Baraboo concerts on the square. So, we went to Monk’s Bar on Baraboo’s square to watch the game, and when the concert started, we went out to check out the band playing on the square.
Madisalsa was playing on the square, people were dancing, and having a grand ol’ time! Madisalsa has some wonderful musicians, and this latino beat that you can’t help but shake your booty to.
What a wonderful night in smalltown wisconsin: Baraboo, I love you!
Gas-or Electric-or Both? How homes were “lit” in the Victorian Age.When we give tours of the Charles Ringling Home on 8th and Ash streets in Baraboo, we … Continue Reading
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