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Enjoy the fresh lake air and tour the elegant Victorian estate of Chicago beer baron Conrad Siepp.

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As it has been for over 130 years, Black Point Estate & Gardens is a retreat, a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax, and explore. After enjoying a scenic boat tour of beautiful Geneva Lake, you’ll arrive at the expansive and elegant Victorian estate of Chicago Beer Baron Conrad Seipp, spanning across eight acres of land and 620 feet of undisturbed shoreline. The home served as a respite for generations of the Seipp family before it opened to the public in 2007.

In 1888, the Seipp family completed the 20-room Queen Anne-style mansion on the site, which included 13 bedrooms. Unfortunately, Seipp was able to enjoy the house and gardens for only two seasons before his death in 1890. His family and four generations of descendants, however, never abandoned Conrad’s dream. The original furnishings remained in the house while each generation added its own touches. Today, the home is a rare time capsule for historians. Everyday household items range from Victorian to modern but share the same family provenance.

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1888 Victorian Mansion

A guided tour takes guests through the first two floors of this beautiful Queen Anne-style summer cottage, considered one of the finest examples of period architecture and furniture in the Midwest, and one of the oldest mansions in Lake Geneva. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.

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Estate and Gardens

Outside the mansion, the estate truly comes alive in the enchanting gardens and wrap-around verandas surrounding the home. The massive lawn, a popular spot for special events, evokes memories of outdoor games played on leisurely summer days. Located on top of a bluff overlooking Geneva Lake, this site offers a stunning, picturesque view of the lake and surrounding countryside.

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Geneva Lake

There were no roads leading to Black Point for the Seipp family. Just like they did, you’ll arrive to the estate by water via a 45-minute scenic boat ride courtesy of Lake Geneva Cruise Line that is included with your admission Feel the cool lake air as you hear more about the history of the Lake Geneva area.

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Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

Black Point Estate & Gardens is one of 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Explore all of these sites below.

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Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens

A circus cart on a lawn, bright red, yellow, and orange colors.

Circus World

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H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum

Wood building with antlers attached. A sign reads Museum

Madeline Island Museum

A group of people bail hay out of an old fashioned cart

Old World Wisconsin

Pendarvis house at dusk, orange colored brick and white trim windows and doors. A stone wall lines the house next to the road. The lamp is lit.

Pendarvis

A older white couple holding hands and walking towards the Stonefield buildings

Stonefield

The Villa Louis Manor on a sunny day, victorian architecture on elegant display

Villa Louis

People visiting the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

Wade House

Walking by the Capitol Square

Wisconsin Historical Museum

Inside the Reed School classroom, with vintage desks and a chalkboard

Reed School

The two historical buildings of Wisconsin's First Capital

First Capitol

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