It’s always fascinating to learn about the history of a community. Everyone living in Wisconsin Dells should make time to visit the H.H. Bennett Studio Historic Site to learn about the man who put Wisconsin Dells on the map. After Bennett’s right hand was crippled by an injury in the Civil War, he was not able to continue his career as a carpenter. He took up photography as an alternative. Early photographers had to make just about all of their equipment except for the lens of the camera. Bennett was different from his colleagues in that he loved landscape photography and took great pains to capture exactly the image he wanted. Because of his striking photos, which were displayed around the United States, many people decided to visit Wisconsin Dells. Many of Bennett’s images are available to view, including authentic stereoscopes, which turn a two dimensional image into a three dimensional one.
The Historic Wisconsin Dells Property Has Many Iconic Images
Today, Bennett’s studio is preserved for guests to visit and explore the Wisconsin Dells property. In fact, it’s the oldest business in the community. One of Bennett’s cameras is on display, and visitors can look through it and see how Bennett would have composed his images. You can even have a tintype image struck to remember your visit. During the session, you’ll also learn about the process of creating the unique image.
In addition to photography, the Bennett family also ran a store. Visit the old store front where Bennett sold his photos and other souvenirs. It’s a fascinating spot with tons of authentic details, including the parquet floor.
One of Bennett’s most famous images is of his son, Ashley, jumping across Stand Rock, which will be familiar to many people living in Wisconsin Dells. The image was a demonstration of Bennett’s stop action shutter that was able to clearly photograph moving subjects. Before his development, it took several minutes to take an exposure, and any movement would make the image blurry. At the historic site, guests can attempt the five-foot leap, too.
Visit the H.H. Bennet Studio Historic Site to learn more and find the seasonal open hours.