See You in Spring 2024! 

Black Point Estate & Gardens will reopen for general admission in May 2024. While you wait, our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

See You in Spring 2024!

Black Point Estate & Gardens will reopen for general admission in May 2024. While you wait, our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

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Wisconsin Historical Society members receive unlimited free admission to our 11 historic sites and museums, a complimentary annual subscription to the Wisconsin Magazine of History, merchandise discounts and more. Join at the Family level and above for added benefits and discounts at over 1,200 organizations nationwide! 

Black Point Estate & Gardens building at Grand Geneva surrounded by trees

Take a Cruise to the Victorian Summer Retreat of a Chicago Beer Baron

Black Point Estate was built for Chicago Beer Baron Conrad Seipp in 1888 as a retreat, and in that spirit the home remains a place to relax, refresh, and explore. Just like the Victorian VIPs who established the estate, you’ll arrive in style and enjoy stunning Geneva Lake views on your cruise to this magnificent mansion, considered one of the finest examples of period architecture and furniture in the Midwest, and one of the oldest homes in Lake Geneva. 


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Historic House Museum.

We love sharing local history with the wonderful residents of Golden Years.

We have more than 30 programs on local history. If you would like us to present one for your group just instant message us here.We were treated to a great presentation recently by Black Point Estate and Gardens on remarkable women from Geneva Lake!
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2 days ago
We love sharing local history with the wonderful residents of Golden Years.

We have more than 30 programs on local history. If you would like us to present one for your group just instant message us here.

Image from the late 1890s. Notice the original staircase configuration before the 1901 landscape plan by Olof Benson was implemented.

We open for our 136th season in 24 days!
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Image from the late 1890s. Notice the original staircase configuration before the 1901 landscape plan by Olof Benson was implemented. 

We open for our 136th season in 24 days!

Since today is National Siblings Day, we'd like to share this photo from the 1930s of Conrad, William and Edward Seipp. We are not 100% sure of the location, but most likely the boys are in Chicago.

In 2005, William O. Petersen donated Black Point Estate to the people of Wisconsin to be used as a historic house museum.

We think that was a great idea!
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4 days ago
Since today is National Siblings Day, wed like to share this photo from the 1930s of Conrad, William and Edward Seipp. We are not 100% sure of the location, but most likely the boys are in Chicago. 

In 2005, William O. Petersen donated Black Point Estate to the people of Wisconsin to be used as a historic house museum. 

We think that was a great idea!