David and Susan Wesa purchased the 212 acre property now known as Shale Lake in September 2006


As a reclaimed coal mine the
Old Mount Olive Staunton Coal Co. Mine No. 2 
was well known in the region. 

History in the Making....
      One of twenty-two coal mines operating in the area in the early 1900's, the Mount Olive-Staunton Coal Company Mine Number 2 was sunk in 1904 and closed in 1957.   Mined with the room and pillar panel method of extraction the Number 2 mine was the largest Herrin mine in the area.  
     In 1910 the total coal production from the local mines was over 4 million tons with over 4600 men employed in the shafts.
     After the mine closed, Mobil Mineral Resources, Inc. worked with the Abandoned Mined Lands Reclamation Council to reclaim Number 2 and then donated it to the local area Boy Scout organization for recreational use in 1989.
     The Boy Scouts sold the property for private use in 1996.  Ten years later, David and Susan Wesa found the property while searching for acreage to start a Vineyard in hopes of fulfilling a retirement dream of owning a Winery.  And now...by God's grace the dream has begun.
    
Our Accomplishments and Plans....

  • Our Fishing Membership program has been running since 2007. 
  • We planted over 4000 Grape Vines in April of 2007.
  • We opened the Premium Horse Boarding Stables in 2007
  • We opened the Pasture Boarding in the Hill Barn in 2009.
  • We converted the Trail Office to a Tasting Room in 2010
  • We opened the Winery on September 3rd, 2010. 
  • We purchased 5 log cabins and 5 cottages for rentals in January of 2013
  • We are building outdoor wedding venue site (Targeting 2015)  
  • We will be moving the Tasting Room to the Lakeshore (target 2016)
  • We are buildng the 78 site Campground (Targeting 2016)  

   The 14 acre Vineyard includes Red Grape Varietals of Chambourcin, Norton and Foch and White Varietals of Traminette, Cayuga and Vignoles
    
We are committed to making and selling ILLINOIS wines in ILLINOIS!

While some improvements don't happen in the anticipated time frame,
we have never stopped moving forward. 
We do most of the work ourselves
(with the help of incredible friends and family members).  
We are proud of what we have built in this little town of Williamson, IL.  We lead exciting, exhausting lives and wouldn't have it any other way!

email us at : shale@madisontelco.com
618-637-2470
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