Rudolph Wisconsin Homes for Sale
Rudolph, Wisconsin, is one of many small villages in Wood County. Named for Rudolph Hecox, it is one of the more recently incorporated towns; it did not become part of Wood County until 1960. Rudolph is considered a “crossroads community” and was home to about 440 people in 2010. The median age of Rudolph residents is 40; the gender makeup is a fairly even split of 51.3% male and 48.7% female. Rudolph real estate is an excellent investment, and the town is known as a great town for families.
Rudolph Wisconsin Industry
Like most of the villages in Wood County, Rudolph was first known for its sawmill, as well as fertile farmland. Today, though, Rudolph is best known as a dairy town and is home to Dairy State Cheese, a manufacturer known across the United States for popular and novelty cheeses. Dairy State Cheese sells more than 100 varieties of cheeses, as well as homemade sausage. The town’s meat comes directly from a local processing plant and butcher shop.
As you might guess, Rudolph, Wisconsin, is commonly associated with Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. To capitalize on this connection, the village hosts Rudolph’s Country Christmas every year. The Rudolph’s Country Christmas committee is now considered a nonprofit group, so residents and visitors regularly make tax-deductible donations along with activity suggestions.
Our post office also makes Rudolph unique. Every year thousands of people, including children writing wish lists to Santa, come to the Rudolph post office to mail their letters or packages. When they do, they get an authentic Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer postmark.
Rudolph Wisconsin Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave
Besides Santa’s famous reindeer and novelty cheeses, Wonder Cave and the Grotto Gardens are Rudolph’s largest attractions. The Grotto Gardens contain five acres of beautiful gardens, artificial grottoes, and religious shrines. The grounds are also home to St. Jude’s chapel, where visitors can pray, meditate, and worship. Every year on the first Sunday in August, Rudolph’s St. Philip Church hosts its annual church picnic. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnic lunches and enjoy them in the gardens whenever weather permits.
The Grotto Gardens also houses the Wonder Cave. The Wonder Cave, at just 1/5 mile, is easy to tour. Its 26 religious shrines, based on the catacombs of Rome, Italy, encourage contemplation and prayerful meditation.