Wisconsin Towns and Places

A charming little town near Kettle Moraine

Genesee Depot

Genesee Depot is in Waukesha County.  People from Great Britain primarily populated the area. Many of the town’s structures from the 1800s are still standing. As a result, it is quite a charming place to visit. The Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad laid tracks through the area in 1851. The Union House restaurant has been operating since 1851. It is in the heart of the historic town.

The Ten Chimneys Estate in the city is a National Historic Landmark estate of the 20th century. The Ten Chimneys Foundation writes:


“Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. Those who visit, like guests of the Lunts, are welcomed into the Lunts' extraordinary home without the fuss of ropes or barriers. Tours of Ten Chimneys not only celebrate the one-of-a-kind collection the Lunts amassed during their lifetimes, but also honor the values found in every corner of the Lunts' lives, both on the stage and in the house they called home for more than half a century. Tour reservations are recommended. Please call (262) 968-4110.”

The Union House is a top-flight restaurant located in the heart of Genesee Depot. It has been operating in one form or another since 1861. The restaurant owners say,


“Our story started back in 1861 when a 35-year-old Irish immigrant Patrick Lynch first opened the doors of The Union House Hotel. Located in beautiful Genesee Depot, the hotel was well-known throughout the community and a gathering spot for both locals and visitors. Due to the number of visitors passing through and requests for dining, The Union House kitchen would open around the same time. Adding dining only added to The Union House’s appeal as a meeting place for families, visitors, and locals. They could now stay and dine on a meal that would be memorable. “

The Cornerstone Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant and bistro. It has a wine club, Friday fish fry, and a host of sweets. The family prides itself on its extensive breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It caters as well. 


This is the home of This & That at the Mill. It advocates the work of artisans and sells finely crafted furniture, home decor, glass art, accessories, and jewelry. It has become well known for customer furniture refinishing.


I suppose we all have to go to the dentist. I was going to be one, but I flunked calculus and chemistry in college! This is the office of Dr. Mark Reinhardt, DDS; I thought the building gave me a good picture!  Go get ‘em doc!


You’ll have to stop at Sally’s Sweet Shoppe. It is a “Fun, sassy, kitschy, small batch little bakery” that makes “everything  from scratch.”


This building, which I liked, was the home of an insurance agency. It is now the home of the Village Clock Shop. They will repair your current watch, your family heirloom, and precious time ounces.