Explore the various techniques in Artisan Bread Baking during this lively class you’re sure to enjoy. Discover how to make baguettes, boules, batards, cheese breads and seeded breads. Become familiar with a Biga, Poolish or Sponge–all pre-ferments. Investigate ethnic breads from around the world as well as perfect a special holiday bread. Go home with a new life-long skill, new recipes and your own two loaves of bread.
This place is unique in all the world. It has been said that Kinstone features the largest privately owned stone circle in the world. This has not been confirmed, but we must be close! There are over a million tons of granite boulders, standing stones and sculptures. Come to enjoy the beauty of the space, see our gardens and Permaculture work in progress, find a spot for quiet contemplation and re-connect to nature, or take a circuitous walk around to visit the stones and natural buildings.
Kinstone is located in rural Fountain City just off County Road M on Cole Bluff Lane. It is a contemplative, park-like place with spectacular views and intriguing sculpture and structures. This stunning 30-acre bluff-top property has over 100 standing stones including a large stone circle and megalithic dolmen, classic 7-circuit labyrinth, thatched cordwood chapel, dry-stack stone sculpture, natural buildings, permaculture gardens, terraces and more. There are several alignments of interest at Summer and Winter Solstice and the Equinoxes. Kinstone is also home to Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture where we provide education for sustainable living. We host courses, workshops and hands-on learning experiences for those who wish to regenerate, relearn and revive. You learn about caring for the earth, caring for people and giving something back when yields are bountiful. Find more about what Permaculture is, our teaching philosophy and current offerings on our website.
Scheduled guided tours of Kinstone are available every Sunday at 1:00pm from May through October. Private guided tours are possible by special arrangement. Expect to spend a couple of hours wandering a wonderland that seems as if it is from another time and place. Bring your water bottle, sunblock for sunny days, dress for the weather (sun hat, rain coat, umbrella, etc), wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to walk rough and sometimes steep terrain. Find details and directions on our website.
When you visit, please come to the Education Center (red pole-barn) and check in. We appreciate all visitors signing our guest book inside. Donations can be made there or in the donation box in the chapel.
Hours: May through October: Saturdays & Sundays 11am – 4pm
All other times are by appointment; please call to let us know when you’ll be coming! The grounds are generally available for folks to wander on their own during daylight hours from May through October. The labyrinth and the chapel are two areas that frequently have visitors unannounced. This works fine as long as visitors are respectful of our parking area and grounds. Please bring nothing with you except a camera & notebook and leave nothing behind except your footprints light upon the earth.
Self-guided Visit: suggested donation $4/adult $2/youth
1-Hour Guided Tour (1pm every Sunday, May through October): $5/person
Other tours and events as advertised or published on our calendar, see our website!
Donations go in the designated donation boxes in the Chapel or in the Education Center.
For more information about Kinstone, Kinstone Academy and Kinstone Kitchen (our fresh, local, farm-to-table mobile food truck), please visit our website at http://www.kinstonecircle.com.
The Museum is located at 7 South Main Street in downtown Fountain City.The Museum building was built in 1864 and is fairly original. We invite you to stop in or make an appointment. Our volunteers will answer any questions you may have. We will also help you in searching our archives.
We have a large collection of displays and one of the largest collection of arrow heads and other Native American tools in the United States. Some of these artifacts date back 20,000 years.
An Art Gallery on The Big River dedicated to Art of, by and for The People!
The Red Horse Gallery features approximately 600 square feet of prime artwork display real estate and enough wall space for a 2-person show. The gallery is also open in conjunction with The Shop Eclectic:
Thur thru Sat from noon til 5:30
It currently houses the Seven Hawks Vineyards Tasting Room, providing free wine tastings and purchase of their estate grown (1 mile north of Fountain City), award-winning wines.
The upper levels contain 2 Suites which are part of the famous Hawks View Cottages, Lodges and Suites.
My Name is Kaye Gonyer and have lived in Fountain City for 13 years.
My passion for painting started when I was a child and have been painting my whole life. As a self taught artist I am always looking for new things to paint. Usually everything I see I want to paint. I am always learning and experimenting with different mediums
Since I retired, I have had the opportunity to paint every day, and opened a little Gallery in my home last May. I really have fun meeting the new people that stop to see the gallery.
Come see me, have a cup of cider or coffee and enjoy my paintings.
My address is 729 South Hill Street, just above Elmers Conoco gas station. Or you can call 608-687-9432.
Wanna Get Away From It All? Here at Eagle Valley Trails it’s our specialty!
They say that nature soothes the soul. Come and visit our little corner of the world and consider yourself soothed. Come stimulate the senses and breathe in the fresh country air. Eagle Valley Trails are located on acres of some of the most beautiful woodlands and grasslands around. Our miles of connecting trails of varying difficulty wind through the property taking you on a scenic tour of prairie grasslands, gentle rolling hills, marshland, beautiful woods and Eagle Creek. Come for the day and bring a picnic lunch. We have rest areas perfect for picnics.
Did someone say wildlife? Our property is home to an abundance of native wildlife. Bring your camera and chances are good that you’ll get a picture of some of our residents. Whitetail deer trails crisscross the entire area. Be on the lookout for new fawns in spring and early summer. Flocks of wild turkeys are frequently seen. Songbirds, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and bald eagles all make their home here. Raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, possums, woodchucks or groundhogs, red and gray foxes all make appearances. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our more elusive residents; beavers, skunks or badgers. Even rarer would be a glimpse of a coyote, sometimes heard yipping at night. Fishermen, get your line wet in Eagle Creek, home for everything from trout to turtles.
Please respect nature and keep our area pristine by putting all garbage in receptacles. Please also keep in mind that this is home to any animals that you encounter. Please do not harass or threaten any wildlife. Let’s keep this area as beautiful and serene as it has always been.