H.H. Bennett's 1875 Studio

Interior view of H.H. Bennett's historic studio and equipment.

School groups enter the 1875 photography studio through the workroom, where Bennett manufactured the stereo cards he sold by the thousands. They will be surrounded by original furnishings, tools and hand-operated equipment that kept the manufacturing operation going year-round.

School groups then view the darkroom where Bennett developed his glass-plate negatives.

A few steps away is the "operating room." It is illuminated by a skylight that provided a source of natural lighting for Bennett's portrait photography.

Beyond the portrait room stands the reception room. Bennett stocked it with mounted photographs, stereo cards, and a variety of souvenirs and Native American crafts for sale to tourists who — thanks in large part to Bennett — began to discover the beauty of the Wisconsin Dells in growing numbers.