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A PLACE WHERE TEN TINY COMMUNITIES STILL DOT THE COUNTRYSIDE...
Wisconsin’s Holyland is a region located mainly in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin and southern Calumet County east of the south end of Lake Winnebago.
The region is known for its close-knit community life, distinctive agricultural landscape and German Catholics who came here in the mid to late 1800s. “The Holyland” as it’s been called since at least 1898, is where ten tiny communities still dot the countryside within a 100 square mile area in the two counties.
Between 1841 and 1870 eleven grand Catholic Churches were built throughout the region to form the “original” of the Holyland communities. Communities that include Calvary, Charlesburg, Jericho, Johnsburg, Marytown, Mount Calvary, St. Anna, St. Cloud, St. Joe, and St. Peter (at the time two churches had been built in Johnsburg).
As time passed more churches were built, expanding the boundaries of the original Holyland to the northwest corner of Sheboygan County and as far south as Holy Hill, where a Blessed Mother Shrine exists.
Known locally as Holylanders, the people who live here are devoted, faithful and true to their religion, families, and country. They are the honest and hardworking salt of the earth sort of people – resourceful, creative, and entrepreneurial.
Holylanders are dreamers and doers — people who play as hard as they work, enjoy their rich heritage, celebrate the ups and downs of daily life through community, food, and an appreciation for a tasty brew along the way.