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Tens Chimneys in Genesee Depot opens for season


GENESEE DEPOT (WKOW) – Ten Chimneys in southeastern Wisconsin opens its season this week.

Ten Chimneys is the former home of late theater greats Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt.  The home is in Genesee Depot, a small town about 30 miles west of Milwaukee.

The couple retreated to the small town in the summer and fellow actors like Helen Hayes, Laurence Olivier, Katharine Hepburn and other friends frequently visited.

Fontanne and Lunt co-starred in more than 40 plays in five decades.  Lunt died in 1977 and Fontanne died in 1983.

The 60-acre estate opened in 2003 after a five-year, $12.5 million renovation.  Tours start for the season on Tuesday and continue through December 1.  This year marks the museum's tenth anniversary of tours.

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