In September of 1862, Anton Dreps and his wife Josephine bought the 80 acre farm that our restaurant and winery now occupies. The farm included a log cabin, that in 1881 Anton essentially built his brick farmhouse around.
Members of the Dreps family continued to farm this land for over 100 years. In 1891, the farm expanded to include what is now the Pine Hills Country Club and Golf Course. Like most farmers of that era, teams of horses were used to farm the land. But, there was one horse in particular that was their favorite…that horse’s name was Birdy… and Birdy was a blind horse. After our owners discovered this information in the Sheboygan County Historical archives, they felt compelled to name this property, The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery.
In 1984, “Dreps Acres” was named a Sheboygan County Landmark and still retains its original Kohler address.
In 2011, Bob & Connie, Matt & Heidi Moeller purchased this beautiful property. Since then, they opened the restaurant in June 2012, The Winery and The Patio in April 2014 and in September 2018, The Granary was renovated and opened to the public.
In the Fall of 2018, Bob & Connie boldly put Birdy back front and center, literally. Our front lawn is now the home to a beautiful work of art and a tribute to Birdy. The life size Percheron draft horse (Birdy was a Percheron) is made from old fuel oil tanks and stands seven feet tall and 10 feet long. Artist Carl Vanderheyden hand crafted this beauty. Surrounded by lights, you will see her whether you are here by day or by night. There is no better centerpiece to this property than Birdy.
Today, history is present everywhere you turn on this property. From the old beams in the winery to the many rooms in our restaurant which still contain the original 138 year old hand hewn log beams used to support the floors, to the delicate renovation of the granary…history is very much alive. Our tributes to Birdy wind through all we do here with wines named after her. Our Birdy’s Red is our one and only sweet red wine, Birdy’s White was the first wine we blended Wisconsin grapes into and Flirty Birdy is our one and only sweet Rose’.
Take a moment to look through the photo gallery below and enjoy the history. All of the black and white photos hang on the walls of our restaurant to this day.