Your Hosts, Riene Wells and husband, Dean Herriges, have been greeting guests since 1990 and are among the longest operating, original owner, residential B&B’s in Wisconsin. The inspiration to build a replica of the 1846 “Hawk’s Inn” originally known as “The Delafield House,” was Dean’s. A carpenter, Dean wanted to build his own home. Riene wanted to live in an old house. The compromise was building a replicated 1846 business, Eagle Centre House Bed & Breakfast.
Dean, a multi-generational carpenter, is a residential remodeling contractor and runs the family business Urban Herriges & Sons, Inc., Mukwonago, WI. Dean is a national officer in NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) as well as a past-president of Milwaukee NARI. He actively promotes education in his trade and is a Certified Remodeler and a Certified Kitchen & Bath Remodeler. You’ll often find him quoted in national trade magazines.
Dean’s hobbies include model trains, gardening and amateur (ham) radio. He enjoys communicating in Morse Code.
Riene and Dean are avid motorcyclists too. As Wisconsin natives they ride a Harley, of course.
Riene’s life, prior to B&B, was in marketing and sales. Running the B&B, caring for her elderly father, participating in the lives of their five married children and eight grandchildren, keeps them both busy. In Riene’s spare time, she volunteers as Secretary for the Wauksha County Land Conservancy, is Past President of the FRIENDS of the Wisconsin Historical Society, as well as co-chairing the FRIENDS major fund raising auction event. Riene has served on many historical society boards including Hawk’s Inn and the FRIENDS of Old World Wisconsin. Collecting Tea Leaf Ironstone China, White Ironstone China and, in general, antiques from the 1800’s is Riene’s leisure time favorite activity.
Riene and Dean will happily assist you in planning activities during your stay. Let them know what interests you and they’ll do their best to provide information to make your day in the Eagle area a memorable one.
"We very much enjoyed meeting both of you and everything about our visit at Eagle Center House! We had a wonderful time at Old World Wisconsin (who should put you on the payroll, with your historical continuity). Eagle Center House was almost like staying at an OWW inn (except for the AC and indoor plumbing, thanks!)."
-Bill & Mary Ellen Schmelzer