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Apple Tree Land Bed & Breakfast History

Circa 1880

The historic Victorian farmhouse that is now our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast Inn was built in the early 1880's by Charles Judson Churchill and his wife, Ann Elizabeth (Walker) Churchill, and was known as Churchill Farms. Throughout his career, Charles held various government positions, while Ann raised their six children, was vice president of the Woman's Relief Corps and was well known for her lovely gardens. In fact, the property originally boasted a wonderful, large glass greenhouse. Although only pictures remain of the greenhouse today (come see the wall of history in the Orchard Room), the old stone foundation of the attached icehouse remains on the property.


Around 1919, the Pennebecker family purchased the property and for decades owned and operated the farm, which was one of the largest apple orchards in the region. The apple orchards are full of history and fragrance for the Inn, including the Wolf River Apple Tree--the tree is well over 100 years old and the patriarch of the orchard. Although damaged from wind and storms, it still produces huge apples--perfect for baking the Bed & Breakfast feasts!

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Only four other owners occupied this home, until Mike & Kerri Thiel purchased this historic homestead in 2006.  It was a private residence, so their heart and soul went into turning it into a Bed & Breakfast.  A lot of work, in a short amount of time happened in 2006, as the  doors opened in July.  The Thiel's invite you to experience this warm and welcoming place for your enjoyment.