The last time I posted a photo of a [red] Wisconsin barn, I mentioned that there was an ugly yellow barn near Birchwood. Well, over the weekend I went back to take a photo of that ugly barn, but it seems that someone heard my complaint and painted it. It's not nearly as yellow as it had been, and it's certainly not ugly.
It's near Stout's Island Lodge and is part of the original Stout farm. Not that I've ever stayed at Stout's Island Lodge, but it does look like a beautiful resort, if you like rustic. Actually, after looking at the photos in their website gallery, one might rather stay in this barn, although it had originally been built as a palace for cows, and had glazed tile, installed by European craftsmen. It was a showpiece and still is. Stout's Island Lodge is on one of Wisconsin's 15,000 lakes. I guess Wisconsin could be called the Lake District of the USA. I digress. That's another story for another post.
One last look. It is a beautiful property, built by a descendant of one of the Knapp Stout lumber barons who logged off much of Wisconsin in the later half of the 1800s-early1900s. Knapp Stout was the first to hold title to our farm, as they did to many hundreds of thousands of acres in Wisconsin.
Lumber from Wisconsin was used to rebuild Chicago after the great fire of 1871 and also supplied lumber for some of the large estates on the east coast.
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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties: The Barn Collective and Mosaic Monday and Treasure Box Tuesday and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Good Fences on Thursdays and Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays