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Friday, January 23, 2009

Edifices and childhood

gigi-hawaii got me started on a trip down memory lane when she asked about my horse.
I grew up in a couple of mansions in Lake Geneva, WI. Stone Manor (now called Younglands) and Korean Village (now called Lakeshore Village). These are both historic homes and now condominiums. Stone Manor still sits on its acreage but Korean Village has been filled in with a street and more homes where I used to pasture my horse and practice barrel racing.
On the left is Stone Manor, which I referred to as "house on the haunted hill". I used to take the lakeshore path about a mile to get into town to go to the movies. Coming home in the moonlight was scary. On the right is Korean Village. We lived here 9 months out of the year because Stone Manor was too large to heat in the winter and the driveway was too long to keep plowed. The homes behind the main house are where my pasture (purple) used to be and the bottom end section (red) of the house was my horse's stable area. The houses in front of Korean Village are sitting on my barrel racing course and the small woods where I used to pretend I was an Indian.
The text about Stone Manor is not accurate but it gives you an idea about the place. I can still remember how it looked on the inside; it was a work of art. I visited it in the early 90's and was delighted to find the ground floor almost totally restored. The project manager gave me a couple pieces of marble from the old fireplaces which I shared with my mom- the dowager queen of the palace. She loved the house as much as I was afraid of it. Her love for the Creator made her fearless while all I could think of were bats in the basement and Vincent Price.

I found some information on Korean Village and an ad for one of the condo units. I wonder if it is my old stable?


Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

I can see why you would not want to practice the piano in such huge homes. But it must have been idyllic having a horse around.

What is barrel racing?

January 23, 2009 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

January 23, 2009 at 11:21 PM  
Anonymous wafan said...

WOW! Stone Manor and the surrounding area looks beautiful.

It is different beauty than what is found in Hawai'i.

January 23, 2009 at 11:27 PM  
Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

Liz, did your parents own the houses or were they compensation for your father's employment? He was in government, right?

January 23, 2009 at 11:37 PM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

My father ran the school for a few years and then turned it back into a private residence- actually a "rooming house". We rented rooms out during the summer and mom did all the housekeeping and guest services.
Dad was a businessman with political dreams.

January 23, 2009 at 11:42 PM  
Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

Liz, you should write a post about your stay in Korea. Do you have photos?

January 24, 2009 at 12:18 AM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

I have boxes of photos... some day I will go through them.


January 24, 2009 at 12:28 AM  
Anonymous wafan said...

I used to shoot slides and negs. The color on Ektachrome just cannot be beat. When I moved home they got lost. I had a couple good shots of WWU and of traveling around the PNW.

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Blogger Mark Adcock said...

Liz! Hello.. I just came off the lake shore path, walking past Stone Manor. A hazy day, ice almost melted but still frozen in front of the manor so a cold breeze, piers all piled up in winter storage, eerily quiet and we experienced some paranormal on the path. My dogs hair stood up and she immediately started barking at entities on the path at the waters edge, directly in front of Stone Manor. I immediately researched its history and found your story. If you can elaborate on known history or any other experiences in detail, that'd br really great!!! Thanks.. Mark

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