The Durkee Mansion built in 1861, sits on ten acres overlooking Lake Michigan. The mansion built by Charles Durkee, an early settler to Kenosha and a prominent politician, lived in the mansion for four years with his wife Caroline.
In 1865, Charles Durkee, leased the house and adjoining land to the Episcopal Church to be used as a seminary for young ladies. It remained a school until 1975.
The mansion and grounds are now owned by Kenosha County. Each year volunteers decorate the Victorian mansion and make it sparkle for the Christmas season. This year's display is titled "Victorian Jewel Box."
"The mansion is a gem on its own, but the lavish decorations bring back the splendor of the season to its Civil War-era roots."
Colors associated with gemstones are featured in each
room, the main parlor features garnet and ruby.
|The crocheted dollies made by volunteers and wrapped around |
glass ornaments with red accents were featured on this tree.
The small kitchen was a happy and cozy place,
I thought the windows were charming.