Drive Dates: Thursday, October 14 and Saturday, October 16
Total Drive Distance: 126 miles
Estimated total tour duration: 7 hours
For the first few miles, this tour will follow mostly straight and flat roads, passing by today’s Road America Race Course on the way to drive on some of the surviving roads & streets which comprised the two historic (early 1950s) racecourses around Elkhart Lake and through the city sharing the name.
After passing through Elkhart Lake, the roads will be twisty and hilly through the Kettle Moraine: glacial deposits piled up between two lobes of the Wisconsin-age glaciers, one emerging from the Green Bay basin, the other from the Lake Michigan basin, more than 10,000 years ago. The route will pass through the small towns of Glenbeulah, Greenbush, Dundee, New Fane, Waubeka, and Newburg. Approaching Newburg, we’ll pass Riveredge Nature Center. South of Newburg, roads will remain twisty, but not so hilly, for much of the way to Cedarburg. A mile-long stretch of twisty road will skirt the Milwaukee River near Waubeka, the home of America’s initial Flag Day, celebrated on June 14.
A little later, our route will follow a designated Wisconsin Rustic Road for a mile, or so. Approaching our destination, Cedarburg, we will pass beside Wisconsin’s last remaining covered bridge. This bridge was constructed in 1876. In 1927, due to heavy vehicular traffic that was never anticipated when the bridge was designed, a center pier was added to reduce the span and provide additional support. The bridge was decommissioned in 1960 and was moved off its original alignment so a new, modern bridge could be constructed. Today, traffic on the covered bridge is restricted to pedestrians.
Cedarburg was founded before the Civil War, and its woolen mill, powered by water wheels on Cedar Creek, provided blankets and uniforms for the army. Ranked as a favorite small-town getaway by visitors, Cedarburg’s natural beauty and historic architecture provide a perfect setting for exploring specialty shops, art galleries, museums, wineries, and historic inns.
Lunch in Cedarburg is at Brandywine Restaurant located downtown in a building that was built in 1862. Brandywine is noted for its homemade pasta dishes as well as its farm-to-table fare.
Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to The American Club together, tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch to drive back to the resort. However, you will have time to explore Cedarburg on your own before driving the 41 miles back to Kohler on main roads and Interstate I-43. A listing of suggested places of interest will be provided to all who want to explore historic Cedarburg further.