The Landing 1841
When you experience the natural rustic beauty of a barn met with elegance and grandeur you have arrived at The Landing. With its breathtaking panoramic views of The White river, The Landing provides a gorgeous yet private setting for any event with amenities just minutes away. Stepping into the barn the rustic wood beams create an instant feeling of comfort and warmth that beckons you in, while your eyes are drawn upward toward beams of light reflecting from the chandeliers. Grab a cocktail at the built in bar and head out the French doors to a large deck area overlooking the expansive lawn and river views. With both heating and air conditioning The Landing is the perfect combination of natural beauty and sophisticated grandeur that can be enjoyed all year long.
The first settlers of Burlington arrived in 1835 and by 1841 the property that is now The Landing was bought and made private land. Initially, the land would have belonged to the Indians, but a treaty in 1833 ceded the land in SE Wisconsin to the United States. It is said that the Indians would come down the river, land on the banks of the property and hold meetings there.
By 1887 a farmer named True Worthy Durgin owned the Property. Mr. Durgin was known as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad in Burlington and used the property as a hiding place for runaway slaves as they made their way north to Canada.
In 1913 George Bieneman bought the farm. The Bieneman’s owned the property the longest out of any of its owners. George started a milk delivery route in 1917. The business would run for 27 years providing the first front door milk delivery service to the Burlington community.
In the 1950’s a portion of the property was sold for the construction of the Burlington airport. It continues to run as a municipal airport with mostly small hobby planes.
In 1972 Paul Poberezny bought the property. Paul was the founder of the EAA and had originally bought the property with hopes of hosting the EAA in Burlington. After resistance from Burlington residents to expand the airport the EAA ended up in Oshkosh. It now hosts the EAA museum which draws hundreds of thousands of people each year. Paul was well known and respected in the aviation community and has been inducted into the aviation hall of fame.
In 1989 Matt Lamb bought the property. Probably the most intriguing of all the owners, Matt had quite a life story. Originally, a very successful businessman from Chicago, he went on to become an internationally recognized self-taught artist and peace activist. After being misdiagnosed (or miraculously cured) from a medical diagnosis in his late 40’s he sold his businesses vowing to live a more purposeful life. He spent the rest of his life painting, feeling moved by the Holy Spirit, to spread his message of peace, tolerance, hope, communication, and love among men with his works of art.
Among his accomplishments:
He was commissioned by the Pentagon to work with the children of 9/11’s victims creating the program “Umbrella’s for Peace”. Since then worldwide 300,000 children have painted screens for the peace in 29 countries.
Created works of art, held exhibitions and has art displayed worldwide
Opened 18 global Museums for Peace
*When The Landing was bought there were over 9000 paintings on the property stored in the barns and shed. The barn housed one of Matt’s art studios where he would paint. He had a total of 7 studios around the world.
Tim and Renee Richter would appear to have two unlikely backgrounds for a wedding venue. Tim initially started his career as a jet mechanic, but in 2003 set out to start his own landscaping business, Granite Ridge Lawn and Landscape. Renee has a degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology and has worked in the field since 2002. Owning a venue was not a path they initially set out to follow, but it was a path that would choose them...twice.
After hosting a wedding for a friend on their own property in 2013 the Richter’s opened The Rustic Barn at Prairie Gardens. Then in the spring of 2015 a family friend and local realtor sent the Richter’s the listing for The Landing as a joke. To her surprise Renee asked to set up a showing as the property had always intrigued her. It left Renee speechless. With its gorgeous setting along the White river and unique large barn, Renee knew she had been blessed with an amazing opportunity and needed to pursue the possibility of a second venue.
"Tim and I are on this amazing journey together. We're always open to opportunities and it has led us down a path to something we're both passionate about. With Tim's hands on knowledge, business experience and my love for hospitality and people we feel this is a path that was meant to be and the destination is pretty amazing!"
Tim and Renee are both originally from Burlington. They met after college and have been married since 2004. They continue to call Burlington home and raise their family nearby.
We had our wedding and reception at The Landing and couldn't be happier. The site itself is beautiful and Morgan and Renee were wonderful to work with! When we did have a concern, they addressed it immediately and put us at ease with a solid solution. They even went above and beyond to brighten the day of some of our community members by delivering our fresh flowers to a local retirement home after our event. Simply Wonderful! The customer service they provided is spot on and I would recommend this venue for any event! Without question, 5 Big Stars!--Carissa