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Madison in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Heritage of the Hill

 
 
Heritage of the Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, June 19, 2009
1. Heritage of the Hill Marker
Inscription. Madison developers Delaplaine and Burdick erected the three-story Lakeside Water Cure here in 1854. This unsuccessful venture closed after three years and re-opened in 1866 as a summer resort hotel. Known as the "Newport of the West," it appealed to wealthy families from St. Louis and farther south. Fire destroyed it in 1877.

The Wisconsin Sunday School Assembly purchased the 28-acre parcel in 1881 to provide families with two weeks of entertainment and inspiration. Dozens of canvas tents bordered the "streets" and a large pavilion seated 450 persons. Lectures by noted orators often attracted audiences of 3,000. Concerts by local and national bands provided evening entertainment. Lake steamers, carriages, trains and street cars brought passengers from Madison. The Monona Lake Assembly became the "Chatauqua of the West."

In 1910, after the Assembly's popularity had declined, the city purchased the land as Monona Park, renamed in Olin Park in 1922. After the acquisiton of adjacent Turville Point in 1980, it became Olin-Turville Park.
 
Erected 2001 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 37.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location.
Heritage of the Hill Marker in Olin-Turville Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, June 19, 2009
2. Heritage of the Hill Marker in Olin-Turville Park
43° 3.253′ N, 89° 22.661′ W. Marker is in Madison, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on John Nolen Drive 0.2 miles north of Olin Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Madison WI 53715, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olin-Turville Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monona Lake Assembly Normal Hall (about 600 feet away); Bernie's Beach (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brittingham Boat House (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Nolen Causeway (approx. one mile away); Eggiman House (approx. one mile away); American Tobacco Co. Warehouses (approx. one mile away); La Follette House (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
 
Regarding Heritage of the Hill. According to the Madison Landmarks Commission, "This pavilion was built as a 450-seat lecture hall for the Monona Lake Assembly. Established to provide instruction for Sunday school teachers, it soon became a popular summer camp for tourists from throughout the Midwest. As many as 15,000 came each year for religious instruction, entertainment, recreation, and lectures by such notables as William McKinley and 'Fighting Bob' La Follette. The Normal Hall is one of the last buildings remaining
Olin-Turville Park looking northeast image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, June 19, 2009
3. Olin-Turville Park looking northeast
from Madison's heyday as a resort community."
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Notable Places
 
Monona Lake Assembly Normal Hall in Olin-Turville Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, January 2, 2005
4. Monona Lake Assembly Normal Hall in Olin-Turville Park
Marker for Monona Lake Normal Assembly Hall at Olin-Turville Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, January 2, 2005
5. Marker for Monona Lake Normal Assembly Hall at Olin-Turville Park
Additional Marker at Olin-Turville Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, January 2, 2005
6. Additional Marker at Olin-Turville Park
Olin-Turville Park looking northwest image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, September 26, 2006
7. Olin-Turville Park looking northwest
The Madison isthmus and Wisconsin State Capitol, looking northeast from Olin-Turville Park image. Click for full size.
By Gordon Govier, September 26, 2006
8. The Madison isthmus and Wisconsin State Capitol, looking northeast from Olin-Turville Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,027 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on July 12, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on July 20, 2009, by Gordon Govier of Monona, Wisconsin. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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