History

Annaburg has a long history as a recreational destination. Robert Portner, the Prussian-born entrepreneur and Alexandria brewer who built the 1892 Annaburg as a summer retreat, generously enabled his neighbors to enjoy what was essentially a town park long before parks existed. After Robert and his wife Anna Portner passed away and the house was no longer occupied, residents recalled the grounds as a place to stroll, take photographs, and skate on the frozen ponds in winter. Residents and visitors also enjoyed attending the town’s Dairy Festival, 4th of July fireworks, and even church baptisms in the estate's pond.

You can read more about Annaburg in the nomination package for the State and National Register Landmarks List.

In 2021 restoration efforts included replacement of the original slate roof, metal cornices and wood box gutters, and paint removal to preserve the manor for future generations.  

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