History

bedandbreakfasthistoricgreenwayhouseWith stunning lake views, lush gardens and landscaping, and a classic wrap-around porch, the Greenway House Bed and Breakfast is a relaxing retreat in the heart of Green Lake, Wisconsin. Our rich history and picture perfect location evoke feelings of a return to simpler times.

The Greenway House revives the historic beauty and majesty of the former retirement home of David Greenway, who established the Green Lake area one of Wisconsin’s most popular resort destinations. In 1850, David Greenway came from England and settled in nearby Ripon where he operated a farm and variety store as well as serving as an agent for Livingstone and Fargo Express Company.

Greenway was a man of intelligence, means and vision who led the development of tourism in the area by building the Oakwood Hotel in 1867. He built the original Greenway family home in 1880, adjacent to the Oakwood property, and lived there with his family until his death in 1905.

When you visit the Greenway House, you’ll see many preserved original features including stained glass windows, maple floors, pocket doors, decorative cedar siding, the classic front door and box lattice skirt boards below the floor line of the wrap-around porch.

At the Greenway House Bed and Breakfast, you’re surrounded by nearly two centuries of history while you soak up the beauty and serenity of the present moment.