We feature a fully heated and air-conditioned 1920's Barn, and 1890's Chapel, as well as inspiring outdoor spaces for weddings, events, and celebrations of all kinds. A tranquil, 132-acre hidden gem nestled between Burnett and Beaver Dam, WI, we offer a unique place for you to relax, celebrate, explore, get away from it all, or simply enjoy our gracious hospitality. Though no longer a working farm, Springbrook has an inspiring history of beauty, faithfulness and dedication; qualities that are now part of a rich heritage to be shared with our guests. Our mid to late 19th century buildings have been fully restored and updated with modern conveniences, while retaining their rustic charm and vintage beauty; ready to welcome you!
We offer a Bed & Breakfast and an 1850’s Cottage for accommodations. For any size celebration, intimate or grand, come tour or book your stay with us at Springbrook!
A Brief History
We first visited Springbrook late 2016 with our kids. We had no intentions of purchasing the estate, much less making it our home! The beauty of this place was evident, and our kids recognized it as a good fit for the kinds of things we love to do. We purchased Springbrook in January, 2017; and in August of that year we moved from our farm and made Springbrook our home. Our adventure began!
Bill set to work giving much needed attention to the property, while dreaming up so much more. He drew up plans to coax new life out of the 1920’s Barn that once housed prize Holsteins and hay…but had been empty for years. Bill and his crew worked tirelessly to bring about what he and Joan envisioned. Joan was captivated not only by the natural beauty of Springbrook, but by the history as well. She explored the beginnings and stories of previous owners; and recorded this for guests to discover too. Joan’s eye for design and décor have unfolded in the B&B, Cottage, and Barn to create the perfect mix of rustic charm and vintage elegance; unique and inviting for guests. With years of experience cooking and baking for family and their crew, Joan’s culinary skills and warm hospitality combine to make guests feel at home.
We are excited about our new beginning at Springbrook! We look forward to meeting the people God brings our way, being part of the happiest times of their lives, and making their experience extra special! With personalized attention and great care in details, we welcome you to our home; and are committed to each of you taking away fond memories of your own new beginning at Springbrook. Join us!
If you enjoy history, you’ve come to the right place! When you visit, grab a seat next to Joan on a gator for a full tour with history, or sit with Bill and Joan around the crackling fire in the B&B for the best tales! Here’s a snapshot of our past for now….
Earliest records tell us that Native Americans considered this property sacred because of the artesian springs (Springbrook!) and rolling hills that can still be seen today. First deeded to Timothy Williams and brothers in 1842, the land was later purchased by H.B. Sherman around 1880. Sherman had plans to build a resort; but instead built a substantial home—the Mansion—Bill and Joan’s private living quarters today. In 1916, Frederick W. Rogers and his wife, Lucy, made the estate luxurious, even adding a $50,000.00 bull to farm, along with a horse arena and personal trainer for their daughter, Anne’s, most decorated horse, “Queen of Springbrook”. The Rogers made their fortune by the Malleable Iron Range Co., later Monarch Range.
The mansion stood, uninhabited, for years after Anne’s husband’s death. After Anne passed away in 1987, the mansion was on the verge of collapse and the grounds overgrown. Dennis Giese purchased the estate in 1988, and coaxed the property’s former beauty and elegance out of hiding and moved a Chapel for weddings and an 1850’s cottage to the estate. They transformed the mansion and farm manager’s house into a B&B and began welcoming guests. In January, 2017, Bill and Joan Schmidt became owners of Springbrook, and set to work to once again tame the property; but even more, to bring about their vision of a wedding and event venue in the 1920’s barn that had once housed prize Holsteins. Bill, Joan, and the Springbrook Events staff are now ready to welcome guests for beautiful celebrations and events.
N8400 County Rd I
Burnett, WI 53922
Activities in the area, stuff to do and experience around our venue!
Springbrook is a hidden gem nestled between Burnett and Beaver Dam, WI. It is a place to relax after a day of exploring our local area. Within an hour’s drive, visit Madison, our state Capitol (Brenda recommends the Dane County Farmers Market on a Saturday morning-especially for everything local, gourmet scones and Stella’s Cheese Bread!), downtown Beaver Dam shops and lake, quaint shops of downtown Waupun, the
Horicon Marsh (a bird watcher’s delight!) and many local parks. Visit Fond du Lac, the Fox Valley and Lake Winnebago to the north. Cyclists and hikers, don’t miss out on the Wild Goose Trail! Devil’s Lake state park is a must see, as well as the Kettle Moraine. In any season, you’ll find it all here—hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, with unique dining options all along the way!!
Wedding and Event Coordinator:
My husband, Mike, and I had our first tour of Spring Brook Farm in the summer of 2017. At the time, I remember thinking how incredibly charming and beautiful the property was, how inspired Bill and Joan were in their renovations, and most of all, the great things that God could do in people’s lives with this property! What a delightful surprise to me that this place of natural beauty was just minutes away from my own century-old home in Waupun, WI!
Having thoroughly enjoyed helping plan events for our church as well as weddings for two of our kids, it is now such a blessing for me to be wedding and event coordinator for Springbrook! I especially enjoy the stories everyone brings, and the part of their lives they are sharing with us. It really is a joy to me to plan the details, even little things, that will go into making every wedding or event special for our guests.
In the fall of 2017, Mike and I had the opportunity to spend time around the crackling fireplace in the Springbrook B&B with a group of precious friends. Week after week, we prayed for each other, hoping for new beginnings….it was then I was convinced God has plans for Springbrook…and many special beginnings to come!! I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and being part of your beginning to celebrate at Springbrook!