sometimes try to get out of town for a few days to clear our minds
for the next round. Dodgeville, WI and House on the Rock became one
of our favorite get away destinations.
were interested in seeing how much things had changed.
turned into the complex of House on the Rock. Interesting gargoyle
sculptures stood along the tree lined entrance.
into the parking area we began to notice a number of buildings that
seemed new to us.
Entering the large visitor’s center where we purchased
tickets to our tour we couldn’t even identify the main entrance to
the House on the Rock. After some directions we followed the path to
the house and upon entering, we found a few familiar scenes.
it was years ago. Built first, the house was completed and furnished
many years ago. Having said that, the project has been never ending,
with furnishings added all the time.
added, and new buildings constructed to house the new rooms that
house the new furnishings.
house we returned to a central area to began our next phase. This
took us through the Streets of Yesterday that we remembered from our
instruments play complete songs in perfect harmony….( well, many
need tuning right now…..) Complete mechanical band players with
their instruments go through their paces.
and mechanical disc gramophones do their things. Elaborate
mechanical pipe organs play classical music. Musical inventions that will delight you, surprise you, and amaze you are in every nook and corner of the street.
most colorful carousel estimated to be worth $5,000,000 with 20,000
lights, and you really have something.
anything you can think of has a collection exhibited. Miniature
from countries around the world are represented.
guns, dueling sets…they are all there. In fact there are so many
collections it gets mind boggling and downright overwhelming….!
walking through these gigantic displays. In retrospect, two or three
days would have made the trip much less stressful and tiresome. We
literally felt as if we were walking our legs off….! House on the
Rock is truly amazing, ever changing, and growing.
times as large as it was when we were in college.