Friday, January 16, 2009

The Village of Rural

Yes, there really is a place named "Rural" in Wisconsin!

Located near Waupaca and the beautiful Chain-O'-Lakes, it is one of the few "Yankee Villages" in the Midwest. It's not too far off the beaten path of State Highway 22 but once you get here you will think you traveled far into the past. Many of the buildings in the village were built during the 1800s in the style of their Yankee owners from New England and are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

The beautiful Crystal River winds its way lazily through the center of the village and among the quaint homes. Canoes and tubes that began their trip at the Chain-O'-Lakes negotiate a small portage across the street from the Weller Store. Wellers rents some of those real old fashioned rubber inner tubes for only a few dollars a day if one wants to take a shorter trip downstream.

There are also some good spots for fishing along the river bank or on the bridges. There's even a small waterfall where Great Blue Herons like to fish!

Come and visit us if you're ever in Central Wisconsin!


  1. We rent a place on Rainbow Lake every year and we love going to Weller's in Rural. We're so glad you opened the antique store again! Can't wait to see what's new this summer.

  2. what a beautiful place....we vacation in Chippewa Falls with family....LOVE Wisconsin !!! (in the summer :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. wow, thanks for sharing! i love all your photos and the history behind them.

    thanks for your visit!


  4. looks like a wonderful place to live. I love the story of your shop.

  5. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I've spent some time in Waupaca playing in volleyball tournaments and boating! It's a beautiful area!

  6. I've enjoyed reading your blog...see how far down I am? I love Wisconsin!

  7. Eileen, what a wonderful post! I can almost hear the fish jump! You are a wonderful storyteller with your photos and commentary, love it.