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Jul 22, 2013 - House on the Rock

We visited a small Cheese Factory, the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio and Theater, and House on the Rock. House on the Rock is on a short list of man-made "Wonders of the World". The first photos are of the 28, or so, large pots that are everywhere on the grounds. We did the Super Tour, which included all three sections (which are sold as separate tours - and each could consume 3-4 hours, or more) and only had 3 1/2 hours so everything was a quick "drive by" viewing. The decor, and the collections on display can only be described as incredible....

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Aug 2, 2012 - Aug 2, Afternoon, House on the Rock

August 2, 2012 Afternoon This afternoon we head back to Spring Green to visit the House on The Rock. This place was overwhelming. There are a multitude of different collections housed on this property in addition to the original house. The house itself actually mimics Frank Lloyd Wright's designs. It is built around this large rock, incorporate the rock in its rooms. The collections on the property include numerous Merry go rounds, doll house collections, musical instruments, organs, a replica of an early 1900’s main street, a...

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Aug 1, 2012 - Taliesin

August 1, 2012 Visiting Taliesin This morning we took the 4 hour Estate tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’sTaliesin. This was an experience in walking uphill for most of the tour. We saw the family Unity church and Wright’s original burial site. His 3rd wife & last wrote in her will that she wanted Frank’s body taken back to Arizona and cremated with hers. His Wisconsin family did not agree, but in the middle of the night, some men came and exhumed his body and took it back to Arizona where it was cremated with hers. We also saw the Hillside...

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Aug 28, 2011 - Spring Green, WI

/// Wisconsin Riverside Resort Spring Green, WI Sunday – August 28, 2011 Low Temperature: 53 degrees High Temperature: 81 degrees A Travel Day: We had planned to depart Baileys Harbor by 8:00 AM and were actually on the road by 7:45 AM. The first leg of today's trip south along Door Peninsula was very pleasant. There was very little traffic. Arriving at the outskirts of Green Bay, I discovered a conflict between the route I had picked out on the map, the GPS route and Nancy's written directions. I missed my turn, chose not to follow the GPS...

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Aug 16, 2011 - ED DOES NOT GET IT -The House on the Rock

Well here we are. The house on the rock, a truly eccentric person's dream come true. That being Alex Jordan who is up there with visionaries such as Walt Disney, Einstein, and others. Jordan began building upon his dream in the 1940's and continued adding to his dream until his death in the late 1980's. He built his home and this exhibition on a rock over looking a Wisconsin valley. Anything collectible was there and exhibited in so many different ways that it thrilled the mind. Whole orchestras performing magnificent short concerts and not...

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Aug 15, 2011 - Our site for the night

After a day at the circus it was time to relax. Swimming, biking, eating, book reading and early to bed. Getting ready for the big day when we go to "The House on the Rock". The campground sits right on the Wisconsin River and a great place to kayak, canoe, float and other water sports. It had a really nice bar and restaurant, nice sites and would be a place to visit for a couple days to spend some time on the river. We decided it was a 1 night stand and we planned to head to Illinois on Tuesday AFTER we visit "The House on the Rock".

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Aug 11, 2010 - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Hopefully you are ready to read or at least scan because this has been the busiest week since we hit the road 26 months ago. Not counting the day we arrived, we have had 6 full days with 6 different adventures. Normally we don’t try to cram so much into one week, but once here we discovered that there were more unique attractions in this area than we had expected. A beautiful day saw us heading out on the bike to New Glarus about 50 miles from the campground. The town was founded in the 1840’s by a small group of immigrants from...

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Jul 6, 2010 - Spring Green, Wisconsin

We left the Dubuque area on a rainy Monday morning. We had a great time, but it was time to move on. We headed further into Wisconsin to Spring Green, a place we had visited in 2008 and really enjoyed. We're staying at the Wisconsin River Resort and found it looking as nice as it was in 2008 with the addition of an outdoor pool. In 2008, there was a great deal of spring flooding in this area and we found quite a few homes right out of town that were still under water in August. When driving by this area now, we found that most of those...

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May 23, 2010 - Innovative Architecture

We wore ourselves out walking, today, two hours at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, his home and school of architecture, and three hours wandering through the vast maze of rooms and hallways at Alex Jordan's House on the Rock. Frank LLoyd Wright's buildings are always artistic masterpieces on the exterior and fit their sites beautifully. He had many innovative ideas, especially for his time, placing windows so that their views became art, no drapes or curtains because views should be unobstructed, making the interior spaces flow into the...

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May 22, 2010 - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Today, we drove and drove, 360 miles. We left the prairie behind for the forested hills of southwest Wisconsin. We wanted to reach Spring Green today, so we could visit the House on the Rock and Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin tomorrow. There was nothing in-between of note, so we just kept going. We missed our exit at LaCrosse, so we crossed the Mississippi 3 times on two different bridges, over and back and over again. Interesting! After all that sitting,our legs aren't working too well tonight; but the long drive gave us a great...

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Jul 30, 2009 - The House on the Rock

The House on the Rock was our tour for today. Ever since we said we were going to be in Wisconsin, Sue’s dad kept saying we needed to go to the House on the Rock. Since it was just down the road from Spring Green we went. It was worth the trip. It takes about 4-6 hours to walk through the entire complex. It’s more than a house. It’s a combination of museum and off-beat art gallery. The guy that built the house in the early 40’s was Alex Jordan. It opened to the public in 1960. They are still adding to it. The place is divided into 3...

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Jul 29, 2009 - Taliesin

We visited Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and workshop outside of Spring Green, WI today. The tour took us through his residence and some of the grounds of what is now a large estate which includes an active farm, architectural school, and visitors center. The house is typical FLW, but unfortunately it is in disrepair. The foundation that maintains it is struggling to raise money for maintenance and restoration. FLW, his family and students used Taliesin about 6 months a year. Before winter set in, they all moved to Taliesin West in...

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