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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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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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From our historic clothing collection. Ladies Green Suit: worsted wool and glazed cotton petticoat with wool ruffle. c. 1890

This 3-piece set was once vibrant green, but thankfully made at a time when arsenic green dye had been discontinued, due to deaths from wearing, handling or even touching such garments. The French cuffs are piped. Five of the domed stitched buttons are missing at waist.

The back is tightly tailored to a nipped waist. Surprising for the times is an exterior pocket on the skirt! The shiny glazed cotton petticoat has a fisheye pleat to make the front shorter.
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From our historic clothing collection. Ladies Green Suit: worsted wool and glazed cotton petticoat with wool ruffle. c. 1890

This 3-piece set was once vibrant green, but thankfully made at a time when arsenic green dye had been discontinued, due to deaths from wearing, handling or even touching such garments. The French cuffs are piped.  Five of the domed stitched buttons are missing at waist. 

The back is tightly tailored to a nipped waist. Surprising for the times is an exterior pocket on the skirt! The shiny glazed cotton petticoat has a fisheye pleat to make the front shorter.

Did you know we have more than thirty programs ready and available to share with your group.

Libraries, historical societies, senior centers and civic organizations that are looking for a program can instant message us here or call at 262-248-1888.Fascinating presentation at the Mhpl News yesterday on the history of spiritualism in Wisconsin. Thanks to David Desimone of the Black Point Estate and Gardens for such a detailed offering.
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Did you know we have more than thirty programs ready and available to share with your group. 

Libraries, historical societies, senior centers and civic organizations that are looking for a program can instant message us here or call at 262-248-1888.

Our next movie in the Black Point Movie series at the Lake Geneva Public Library is 2pm, Monday, March 4th.

We will be viewing The Extraordinary Voyage (a documentary) and the original 1902 silent movie masterpiece "A Trip to the Moon."

A brief introduction will be provided by Dave Desimone of the Wisconsin Historical Society.

All are welcome and as always, these screenings are FREE to everyone.

We hope to see you at the movies!
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Our next movie in the Black Point Movie series at the Lake Geneva Public Library is 2pm, Monday, March 4th. 

We will be viewing The Extraordinary Voyage (a documentary) and the original 1902 silent movie masterpiece A Trip to the Moon.

A brief introduction will be provided by Dave Desimone of the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

All are welcome and as always, these screenings are FREE to everyone. 

We hope to see you at the movies!