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Address: S43 W31575 Depot Rd, Lunt-Fontanne Program Center, Genesee Depot, WI 53127
Phone Number:
+1 262-968-4110
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt...

Ten Chimneys is the estate lovingly created by Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. With no ropes and nothing under glass, guests are treated to a VIP guided tour of a National Historic Landmark replete with original furnishings and overflowing with the romance of the 1930s and ’40s. “Every time I was visiting with the Lunts in Genesee Depot, I was in a sort of daze of wonder; the dining room, the table, the china, the silver, the food, the extraordinary care and beauty and taste…a sort of dream, a vision.”-Katharine Hepburn

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A Step Back in Time

The tour of this amazing place I had been curious about for years was wonderful. Full of history, romance, culture, and art! Such an amazing couple who found solace in Wisconsin... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The tour of this amazing place I had been curious about for years was wonderful. Full of history, romance, culture, and art! Such an amazing couple who found solace in Wisconsin! This is a gem of a tour and so unique! I'm glad they chose Genesee Depot for their hideaway and also glad it is now shared with the public!

Thank Vixen322
Waukegan, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

Worth every cent! My bride and I visited on our honeymoon just because we needed to pass a few hours, but this place was stunning! The couple's story and personalities could hardly be more wonderful. Their house, and its stories, are sweet and impressive. And their guest bedrooms where Helen Hayes and Laurence Olivier stayed make the history really cool!... More 

Thank calebb49
Fond du Lac, WI
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

We had a very relaxing and enjoyable anniversary by going to Ten Chimneys near Waukesha, Wisconsin, and taking this tour, both inside and outside tours! This was a step back in time, with knowledgeable tour guides who answered our every question. If you have an interest in theater, this tour would be extra special, I believe. You will hear about... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in and did a tour whilst driving from Madison to Milwaukee. We had no idea who Alfred and Lynn were. Our tour guides we good at explaining it. House was quirky and ground were pretty. I think this place would be great if you were a fan. It was a bit much and lenghty for me but I... More 

Thank Kyzash
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

This place is gorgeous and you must do the whole estate tour. You will feel like you were transported back in time and will learn about two broadway legends. Fascinating tour and beautiful place.

Thank sunnystark
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016

We toured Ten Chimneys while staying at a nearby bed and breakfast. I've been aware of the house for many years, and finally used proximity as an excuse to spend a few hours there. Reservations are recommended, but we were able to call ahead and get on a tour leaving within 20 minutes. We opted for the house and grounds... More 

Thank rayele
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

Did the tour this past Saturday morning with 4 friends. We had made reservations for the 10 AM tour about a month ahead of time. We did the full tour - turned out us three couples were the only people in the tour. The Docent, George, along with a Shadow Docent, Pat, were very delightful and informative. You can tell... More 

Thank Steve J
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

This beautifully restored home is a delightful glimpse into the lives of actors Lunt and Fontane. Each summer they would leave their theater tour and spend 3 months at this lovely oasis. The restoration is excellent and the museum center on the grounds full of wonderful pictures, videos and movies of this illustrious couple and their friends. The tour guide... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Took the estate tour which was interesting and enjoyable! The guide was knowledgeable and thorough. I didn't know of Alred Lunt and Lynn Fontane but they have a beautiful estate! It was neat to be able to walk in the rooms without ropes.

Thank Judi H
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour! Give yourself at least 30 minutes prior to the start of your tour to have time in the visitors center - lots to see! I recommend the grounds + the home tour. The docents are very knowledgeable about the home and its history. Great that something like this has been preserved!

Thank Janet P

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