2016 Babb Family Reunion: Run Away with the Circus! (Book your hotel now)

Where is Sauk County, Wisconsin you ask? Why it is a little county with a big heart in central Wisconsin. The rowdiest bunch of Babbs came through this area as pioneers and served as founders for the place we call Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Many stayed here, but many moved ton to become gunslingers, cowboys, captives and commanders. They left legends in their wake. Legends that must be explored. They were the rowdiest bunch of Babbs, until now!

During our reunion, we will retrace the life of James Wilson Babb (1-2-3-1-3-1) and family who left Ohio for the “Far West” and landed in what is now called Sauk County, Wisconsin in 1845. He established a homestead and gathered a total of 1500 acres of land, which became known as “Babb’s Prairie” which became known as the garden spot of Sauk County. The original Babb home, was lost to fire on 22 Jul 1861. It had been located near Greenwood Cemetery. We will visit both of these places. It should be noted that James Wilson Babb first came to the hamlet of Baraboo, WI. The town of Reedsburg was not established until 1850.

Just as James did, we will start our quest in the town of Baraboo, because there is no place better for our 3-Ring Circus, than Ringling House BNBto stay in the home of one of the founders of Ringling Brothers Circus. The Ringling House B&B (Pictured right), built in 1901 by Charles Ringling, will serve as our home base during our adventure. Book your room now at http://ringlinghousebnb.com/ or 608-356-4229. Note that there are discounts available for multi-night stays and for single occupancy rooms. This is a small place with only 6 rooms and I’d like to fill the place with Babb’s so we don’t disturb any other guests. So, make your arrangements without delay to arrive on July 3rd and depart on July 5th, 2016. Feel free to pass this message on to interested parties.

Halloween 2013If your budget doesn’t allow for clowning around, there is a large variety of places nearby at affordable rates. You can see all the options here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g59686-Baraboo_Wisconsin-Hotels.html

Because everyone will already have transportation in order to get to Baraboo/Reedsburg area, there won’t be any cost associated with registering for the reunion. But we do ask that everyone let us know you are coming, so we can plan appropriately.
Our full agenda won’t become clear until the springtime, when the event schedule in Reedsburg is clear. We will likely spend a day in Baraboo, exploring such fun attractions as the Al Ringling Theater, which is currently being restored, The Clown Museum & Circus Museum, along with all the other Babb related locations. The high point of the reunion will be our trip to the Reedsburg, Pioneer Log Village, which is the embodiment of the vision we have for the Seth Babb Homestead in TN. The Reedsburg, Pioneer Log Village hosts 8 different period structures.
Getting to Baraboo/Reedsburg:
There are too many options for fly or drive in through Minneapolis, Madison, Green Bay & Chicago to find one solution that will work for everyone. My advice is to fly to the nearest hub airport for your favorite airline and drive them there. Since I live in Dallas, I’ll be flying to Chicago and then driving a rental car to
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Photos: Ringling House B&B Picture used courtesy of Ringling House B&B, http://ringlinghousebnb.com/), Clown picture is me during Halloween 2013.

Words Cannot Express…

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Words cannot express my emotions as I did the final walkthrough to sign off on the completion of the Homestead last weekend. We brought the good camera and tripod to capture images that are often tricky when using natural light. It rained on WP_20150926_15_01_26_Proand off during the visit, but it didn’t matter at all to me. Rain just reminded me of the day in November 2011, that we began the reconstruction project with an old fashioned Log Raising. It was truly a grueling process and a number of times I didn’t think I would live to see it completed. But here we are and I couldn’t be more pleased. I’d like to give a special shout out to David, Sheldon, Michael & Elias, who kept me on my game and lent a hand to make sure the place looked spiffy for its debut. Also to Jim & Canjoe whose dedication to the project cannot be underestimated!

Rather than waxing existential any longer, Let me show you my favorite pictures from the now completed 1787 Seth Babb Homestead.


First Floor: Main Room


Babb Memorial Wall: Detail (Signed by the Babbs who participated in the Log Raising.


First Floor: Second Room (Temporarily being used for storage of several artifacts)


Second Floor:

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