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The Newport of the West

By Linda Tancs

Southwest of Milwaukee, Lake Geneva is a resort city located on Geneva Lake in Wisconsin.  Its lakeside “cottages” evoke the splendor of Newport Rhode Island’s mansions of the Gilded Age–hence, the area has earned the nickname “Newport of the West.”  It’s also the one place in the country where mail is traditionally delivered to the lakeside estates from boat to dock by swift-footed jumpers whose goal is not to miss the boat as it plies the lake without missing a beat.  Legend has it that over 70 species of evergreens are planted on Black Point, one of the most historic mansions ringing the lake.  Other landmarks include The Oaks (where First Lady Nancy Reagan was once squired) and Maple Lawn, the oldest mansion.

 

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