THE LEGACY CABIN
Legacy cabin stories are rooted in a strong sense of history and family. For some of the families, their new or restored cabins are a loving testimony to their ancestors and a multigenerational tradition of cabin living. Others built new cabins with the future in mind, looking forward to enjoying good times with their children, grandchildren, nephews, and nieces as they create new memories.
“THE WHOLE THING IS ABOUT THE VIEW AND A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE. DREAM REALIZED: RETIRING ON THE LAKE
The list of dream destinations for one’s retirement years is familiar: Arizona, Florida, Texas .. . maybe a beach house in Mexico. But a lake home in east-central Wisconsin?
Well, Wisconsin won out for New Jersey residents Tom and Barbara. They set their sights on the Chain O’ Lakes region near Waupaca. Why? The short answer is that their (grown) children made them an offer they could not refuse.
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Retiring there was both a homecoming and the realization of a dream.
A FAMILY LEGACY
Barbaras family is deeply rooted in the Chain O Lakes area, so named for its twenty-two interconnected lakes.
Since she was five years old, her parents established a family tradition of vacationing every year on the Chain O’ Lakes. “No Disneyland for my family,” she recalls. “We vacationed up north ever)’ year religiously, sometimes for a week, but up to a
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From gardening to relaxing, this cabin has a lot to offer the retired couple. month, and rented different places on rhe various lakes that make up the Chain O Likes, including Round, Columbia, Miner, and Rainbow.”
Barbara and Tom met in 1967 at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. I hat same year, Barbara introduced Tom to the Chain O’ Lakes. While I’om didn’t grow’ up with cabins, camping and nature w’ere part of his Eagle Scout upbringing, and he was immediately enthralled with lake and cabin life.
In 1973, the couple married, ’They lived in Milwaukee until Tom’s career took them to Cincinnati and then to New Jersey. The plan was to live in Jersey for a maximum of ten years.