Idlewild Resort


Idlewild, near Baldwin, is experiencing a revival and has many interesting musical performances by some of America’s leading black performers. From 1912-1964, the community of Idlewild just east of Baldwin was a major summer vacation destination for African-Americans, primarily from Chicago, Detroit, and many other large urban centers in the Midwest.

Here black Americans could enjoy a slice of heaven in the cool north, and escape the sweltering heat of the summer cities. It also became a major tour stop on the “Chitlin’ Circuit” for some of the biggest names in African-American musical entertainment. Visit the Idlewild Cultural Center Now on our blogroll under Idlewild Resort) for the fascinating story of the Midwestern summer home of black America’s rich and famous. Della Reese and Sammy Davis Jr. performed there in its heyday.

I am sure you will find some very interesting information on this new link at Big Bass Lake and Beyond.

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