Day One: Wisconsin Dells Heritage Tour
The historic studio of H.H.
Bennett is open for tours
Begin your journey in beautiful Wisconsin Dells, 45
miles northwest of Madison just off Interstate 39/90/94.
soul of the Dells" through the camera lenses of Wisconsin's most famous
and prolific photographer, Henry Hamilton Bennett, at
H. Bennett Studio & History Center. From this simple brick façade
studio, Bennett established a worldwide reputation as
one of the deans of 19th-century American landscape photography.
As much an entrepreneur as an artist, Bennett marketed
his stunning stereoscopic images of the dells from coast
to coast, luring tourists by the trainload and giving
rise to Wisconsin's booming tourism industry. His photographs also depicted
life among the area's native Ho-Chunk people, with whom he enjoyed a
warm and friendly relationship. Strolling through his studio today,
you'll see more examples of his dramatic photos — from raftsmen
hauling lumber down the Wisconsin River, including some of the first
stop-action photos ever taken, to street scenes of Chicago, Milwaukee
and St. Paul.
Leaving the studio, board a tour boat for a cruise upriver and explore
the sculpted sandstone bluffs for yourself or take
an action-packed trip on the famed "ducks" — World
War II-era amphibious vehicles that travel on land
and water. You can also rent a canoe for a leisurely
on-your-own tour of the Upper Dells. In the evening,
end your day enjoying a stroll along the new river
walk along the banks of the magnificent Wisconsin River
in the heart of downtown Wisconsin
Dells. Spend the night in one of
the area's many fine hotels, and enjoy the amenities
Dells' fabulous collection of restaurants and other amusements.
Expand your place in history
Society members at the History Lover level receive:
- Free site admission
- 10-percent discount on store items
Become a member today!