THE HOUSE ON THE ROCK

Highway 23, Spring Green, Wisconsin

If God was an obssesive-compulsive collector of all that is strange and wondrous, and the Devil was really into the details, then they would have indeed warred over the soul of House on the Rock creator Alex Jordan. Alex Jordan built a house that follows the twisting contours atop a tall outcropping of solid rock. Both Heaven and Hell are invoked by alternately cramped dark passageways and vaulting sun-drenched rooms, filled with demonic knickknacks and stained glass kitsch. But the house itself is merely a prelude to the vast collections of sacred and profane artifacts Mr. Jordan has assembled from a lifetime of crazed genius. Pneumatically-powered musical instruments that play themselves, crazy calliopes that fill a room, and other mechanical wonders that would fascinate the divine one itself. The world's largest carousel and the world's largest cannon are two gems from this exhausting series of the arcane and insane. Be mesmerized by the silent baleful stares of the vast watching hordes in the giant doll collection, or the nightmarish figurines from the chandeliered rendition of the Nutcracker Suite. Don't look in their eyes! Open April through November, with special Xmas-hell Santa collections during the holiday season. Call for hours. Peteena advises to arrive early, as the attraction is as massive and exhausting as the mind that made it.

VISIT THE HOUSE ON THE ROCK IN SPRING GREEN, WISCONSIN!

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