Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs

East River, History

crowd enjoying music in shakespeare garden in wessington springs sd

We finally made to Shakespeare Garden in Wessington Springs for a night of live music.  It is a beautiful setting to enjoy a lovely evening and listen to music.  The gardens were full of blossoms and butterflies.  Our children had a blast exploring the gardens and watching the fish in the small pond.

There are free concerts in the summer on select Thursdays.  Bring your own chair and enjoy the lush setting.  There are refreshment available for purchase and donations are gratefully accepted.

The gardens and house have a unique history.  The Anne Hathaway Cottage was built by a Professor and Mrs. Shay when they retired from the local collage in 1932.  It is a partial replica of Stratford-on-Avon.

The thatched roof was added in 1995.  It is the only thatched roof in South Dakota.  I found it interesting that a thatched roof will last 40 to 60 years.  The ridge cap however, must be replaced every 8 to 10 years.

If you find yourself in the Wessington Springs area, be sure to stop by and visit.  Also, check the official website for a schedule of events and more historic information.

About the author: Josh loves to take pictures and share them on his South Dakota and the Black Hills blogs. Plus he enjoys traveling with his family any chance he gets.

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