Nina

Preston, Adams County, Wisconsin USA

Who are you and what do you do?
'I am a retired middle school music teacher. I was born in Chicago, Illinois. My husband and I ended up in Friendship, Wisconsin in 1982 because of teaching positions. We built a home in Preston Township shortly after and have been there since. We live on a trout stream. I love to downhill ski in the winter, kayak in the summer and enjoy birdwatching all year round. I substitute teach, volunteer my piano playing at a local church and am involved with Preston's town government.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'We chose to live in Preston because we built a house on a trout stream. Its a beautiful piece of property, very close to the main town. It was a wonderful place to raise our two sons and it is so comfortable to have this place now that we are retired.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'My favourite place in Preston is my backyard, down by the trout stream. I see owls, deer, muskrats, a variety of ducks and we have a pair of sandhill cranes that have returned for years to a nesting area nearby. The night sky is spectacular any time of the year as well. My eldest son cleared a small spot for me when he was a teenager so I can sit and savour all the natural beauty.'

What is Preston proud of?
'I have been researching and asking people that have lived here what Preston is proud of and everyone just says "it's a quiet place to live and it has a State Park located in it". Many tourists come to camp, hike and cross-country ski. It's main attraction is a 303 step climb to the top of the mound. It affords a beautiful scenic landscape of the surrounding areas. It is called Roche A-Cri State Park.

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'So I did a lot of research on a weird or interesting fact about Preston and I couldn't really find one! Other than there is no knowledge of how or when it was named Preston. There are land maps that go back to the early 1800s. On those maps Preston is clearly marked. There are two ghost towns in Preston, but again not much information on their settlements. Preston is six miles by six miles and is mainly agricultural with some residential community. It has a few restaurants, bars and motels to offer tourists.'