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June 23, 2008

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Woody

I was at House on the Rock in late October a number of years ago. Apparently, this is close enough to Christmas, so they had their 8000 Santa Clauses (figurines, trinkets, mannequins, etc.) interspersed throughout the "exhibits". They had a Santa surfing the wave under the giant squid/blue whale battle. Good stuff.

Jim

Thanks or sharing these. I first went to House on the Rock with my grandparents when I was a kid. Years later, I took a day trip and was horrified that it had fallen into such disrepair. Lots of things had been stolen, or worse, just destroyed by walk-by vandals.

I hear they've restored it a little, which I think is terribly important. Used to be, there were some 3D panoramas online. I'll have to go seek those out. I wish I could live there. Either there, or the Winchester Mystery Mansion.

DJ Clem

Here's a friend's ridiculously enormous set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22874721@N00/sets/72157603955996796/

Jeffrey

I live in Chicago and have been to the house on the rock several times. All I can say is GO. GO GO GO GO!!! You can not even begin to imagine what this place is like, even with pictures. Incredible.

And while you are in Dodgeville, WI, stay at the Don Q Inn Fanatasuites (http://www.fantasuite.com/room_themes.asp?LocationId=2). They even do tours of all of the fantasuite rooms every afternoon.

And... while you are passing through to get to Dodgeville, visit the Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, WI (http://www.mustardweb.com/). They have hundreds and hundreds of mustards for purchase. And the best part is that you can sample any of them!

Jim Mc Cure

Mark, you might find my coment intresting? I am 67 years old. When I was 17 a couple of my classmates from high school and I took a little summer trip for a week. We visited south west Wisconsin. We stopped for a hamburger in Black Earth and someone told us about this guy that was trying to build a house on a rock. So we decided to go take a look. When we found the place there wasn't anyone around. We got out of the car and started to look around. Now remember this was 1958. We weren't even sure what we were looking for? Soon this guy came up to us and started talking to us. He said his name was Alex Jordan and he was from New York and was building a house on this huge rock. He was in work close and was a little dirty from working. He said that he soon planed to open it to the public to visit. He also said that he had a few minutes to show us around because he had some local kids down at the creek getting some flat rock for what he was working on. He took us up to where he was living. At that time he was living in the rock. We thought it was the coolest thing we had ever seen. He explained that his next project was to build a bridge to a rocky point about 50 yards, or so it seemed to me,from the main rock. At that time there was a tree growing on this rock and he just built around it. I asked him where he put his septic tank? He said to me that was a question that he thought he would never be asked. He said that actually there were three of them already. He also said that we were one of the first people to visit the Rock. We offered to pay him and he charged us a dollar. He also said that we would never have to pay again if we returned for a visit. I WISH I had that in writing... To make a long story short, the boys were back from the creek and he had to go back to work. He told us to stay as long as we wanted. "Feel free to roam around anywhere you want to go". There were no barriers anywhere. We stayed for over three hours. Remember,1958 there was ONLY the Rock House. It was getting late and we had to go find a place to camp. I think we could have been there for another three hours with out any problem. I remember most where he slept. It was on a rock shelf in a little cave like room. This was over 50 years ago. I have been over half of the world, but that time talking with Alex Jordan is still one of my most remember able times of my life.

Ron Yankee

My wife and I have been visiting the House on the Rock at least once a year for the past ten years. Also visited back in the 1960's. We find it a very enjoyable experience. There are changes being made constantly. Most for the better. We do appreciate the maintenance of the various musical displays. On the down side, we went there June 13, 2013, and found, much to our dismay, that the lower restaurant was not open. Apparently it appears to be non-sustainable. We were told that it may be open on the weekends. This is one of our most enjoyable moments at the HOR as the lower eating facility is marvelous. Hopefully this will be operating on our next visit.
All in all, we encourage others to visit as this is quite entertaining. Don't plan on a one to two hour visit. Take your time and enjoy.

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