Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Miracle Path in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The Miracle Trail

The Miracle Trail in Lake Geneva Wi, spans about 23 miles. The Lake Shore Path cuts  through the grounds of some of the biggest mansions in Wisconsin. An 1830s treaty signed with the Potawatomi tribe protects public access to the shore path in perpetuity, according to the Geneva Lake Museum.

The footpath rarely strays more than 20 feet from this spring-fed aquatic lake, where vacationing Chicagoans flock to get away from the city.  

Along the Miracle Path is the "Expect a Miracle" house.This lovely white mansion is one of the few houses that take care of the trail in back of it. It maintains the trail with lovely rocks, benches and a painted fence. By the way, the house if for sale. If interested, click here. 

 In back of this house along the trail, is white painted fences that have inspirational sayings on them.

Soft music plays as you walk by.

There is a "thoughts" book that you can sign, writing a passing thought, a prayer or your wish.

 There is also this bell you ring to make your wish come true.

Each house along the way has it's own feel, and type of path. Some or rocks, dirt, stone or bricks.

You'll see many friends along the way like you are walking through a fairy tale.

Large fancy mansions and beach front properties line this trail. You can see across the lake to Fontana or Lake Geneva. 

Stone Manor is the largest estate ever built on Geneva Lake and probably the most talked about.  

Take a tour of Stone Manor

Walking along the Miracle path you can see the popular touristy beach  in Lake Geneva. You can walk this path all the way around the lake or you can walk halfway around to William's Bay.

 Lake Geneva in Vintage Postcards (WI) (Postcard History Series)

Lake Geneva was originally called Kishwauketoe by the Oneota tribe, a name meaning clear or sparkling water. Carved out by a glacier, this same crystal water has attracted residents and tourists for centuries, and continues to be a retreat for many in every season. Through a collection of vivid vintage postcards, authors Carolyn Hope Smeltzer and Martha Kiefer Cucco provide an overview of Lake Geneva's rich history, rendered in views of mansions, cottages, and camps, and in images of recreation, the surrounding towns, and, of course, Lake Geneva itself.

Camps of Geneva Lake (Images of America)

The Geneva Lake camps provided education, activities, spirituality, and community in a healthy environment away from the city. The first sites were located on the western shores of Geneva Lake, with Camp Collie established in 1874; seventeen more followed. Although most camps were spiritually based, they differed in what they offered and who they served. People attending the camps came from all income levels and many cultures.

Photo: Rresidence,Mr Conrad Seip Seir,dwellings,homes,Lake Geneva,Wisconsin,WI,1880 

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