We typically spend the week, swimming, boating and biking the roads of Lawsonia. Lawsonia was founded by the Lawson’s of Chicago in 1888. Now owned by the American Baptist Assembly, the Lawsonia property is home to many of it’s earliest homes including the Anne Hathaway Cottage.
It’s my favorite property as it’s architecture is replicated of English style and a rolling cedar shake rooftop that’s enchanting and nothing you’d see today.
According to their site the 4th Generation family owners, the Rysdons, maintain and rent the property. A family treasure.
“Anne Hathaway Cottage was built in 1939 by Walter and Elsie Smith. Mrs. Smith was a native of England, independently wealthy and a women of descreet taste. She hired an english architect to design a creative reproduction of the Anne Hathaway Cottage in Stratford, England. All of the lumber used to construct the home was taken from the property, hand carved, cut, sanded and stained. The unique steelcased windows and antique furnishings were shipped over from England to integrate into the design making the finished product the most pictured home on the entire lake.“