Wisconsin's Folk Heritage
Favorite thing: Grandview Farm is not the only example of "outsider art" in southwestern Wisconsin. "The House on the Rock," near Spring Green," is known throughout the upper Midwest as a prime example of "outsider architecture" - it's also the storehouse of one of the most bizarre collections of junque ever assembled. And in the southwest corner of Wisconsin is the truly bizarre "Dickeyville Grotto" - next time I'm passing through I hope to get some good photos to post here.
Barrel grinder and monkey
Favorite thing: Engelbert also turned to painting in later life, and, in a way, became Wisconsin's answer to Grandma Moses. He produced over 200 oil paintings, some of which are now owned by the Kolher museum of contemporary and folk art in Kohler Wisconsin.
Favorite thing: Nick Engelbert died in 1962, and for the next 38 years the property was cared for by his children and grandchildren. It was talked about all over southwestern Wisconsin, and was occasionally featured in newspaper stories in Madison, the sophisticated state Capitol and site of a great university. In 2000, ownership and maintenace of Grandview was transfered to an independent foundation which is now in the process of restoring many of the original figures, some of which had decayed over the years from exposure to Wisconsin's harsh climate.