Once upon a time, there was a family named Blackburn. They came to Wisconsin’s Northwoods to build and start a resort on Big McKenzie Lake called the Blackburn Resort. Mary, Burr and their son James brought their skills and industry to an amazing piece of ground to create the best, biggest and most well-known resort on the lake, according to Sandy Swanson, president of the McKenzie Lakes Association.
Their following was largely from the Chicago area and they had garages with cars to pick up their guests if they arrived by train. They had a building where they did all the laundry and they delivered the Chicago paper to every doorstep.
Mary Blackburn was a nature loving person and named each of the cabins after a bird. They had activities for children and there were walking trails, benches, and trees and plants with signs.
In 1976, the resort land and cabins were divided and sold to individual owners and Sandy Swanson was one of the lucky few. She bought The Wren cabin. To this day, she says all the cabins still exist and are in gorgeous condition because they were extremely well built.
But what came of the original homestead site, where the Blackburns lived themselves? The home does not exist, but the site, in all its glory, holds a spectacular log-sided chalet style home and the original swing from the Blackburn Resort.
Welcome to N7665 Burr Drive, built in 2004 – 3,400 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.
“Are We There Yet?” It’s an honor for CENTURY 21 Sand County Services, Inc. to represent this very special home that was built on a history-making site. If you want to be the lucky next owner, click here for more information and contact one of our professional agents to help you get There! ~ Wanda Boldon