Old World is new again.
It appears that things are getting back to normal at Old World Wisconsin after that devastating June 21, 2010, tornado.
Remember all those photos of the parking lot with hundreds of downed pine trees twisted in a circular pattern? If you are familiar with Old World Wisconsin, you probably recall that awful feeling when you first learned of the havoc raised there that day. Many of the buildings were spared with only minor damage, but the parking area took a direct hit, as did the subdivision across the street where my brother and his family lived. His house was knocked off the foundation; roof and siding gone. The home across the street was flattened, and chainsaws were in heavy demand for weeks afterward.
But that was 2010.
Old World is opening for the season Saturday. Renovations seem to be complete, and for the next month the park will be open on weekends until May 31 when the schedule shifts to daily hours.
Old World is known for its historic buildings, working farmsteads and settlements established by European immigrants. The spacious property offers a variety of ethnic villages, along with a blacksmith shop, general store, shoemaker, and heirloom gardens. You can enjoy watching farmers work their lands using antique farm equipment, and in some cases using historic work animals and much physical labor. There is even a small train available to tour the entire property without having to do much walking.
An interesting year is planned with a Mother’s Day brunch highlighting the month of May. Yes, there is a restaurant there too.
Life goes on. Even after an EF2 tornado.