Belly up.This bar has a seedy history:When youre at Orphan AnniesYoure in the Dining Hall of an establishment known over the years as Wandawega Inn, Wandawega Hotel, Wandawega Lake Resort, Vandavega, and Camp Wandawega. Originally established in 1925, it is now recognized on The National Register of Historic Places for its colorful past. In the decades following the construction of this modest lakeside get-away, a motley ensemble of Prohibition-era characters would eat and drink in this dining hall: gamblers, bootleggers, corrupt cops & judges, prostitutes & Johns.Throughout the 1930s, Anna Beckford Peck was the personality most associated with this place. During her time the modest resort would become known for more than its good fishing and real southern cooking. Annas hotel was a discreet getaway for gentlemen with very specific appetites. Orphan Annie was the innkeeper, bootlegger, and madame of Lake Wandawegas notorious bawdy house of ill fame.After multiple Federal raids and run-ins with the law for incidents including criminals on the run, illegal liquor, gambling, and prostitution, this era of Wandawega came to end in 42 when Anna was sentenced to serve three years at Taycheedah, the state prison for women. In the late 1940s, the Andzejewski family of Chicago resurrected it as a legitimate establishment, Wandawega Lake Resort, and served 3 meals a day in this room for resort guests. The Catholic Church purchased it in 1961 and used it as retreat for Latvian Catholic refugees who fled the war-torn Europe and made the American Midwest their new homeland.Artist in residency BTSWith @refueled.magazine documented by @stevenvisneauphotography