Museums & Genealogical Sites

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From churches to train stations, there's something for everyone at one of 
Washburn Counties MUSEUMS or ANTIQUE SHOPS.

THE RAILROAD MEMORIES MUSEUM is housed in the former Chicago & Northwestern Railway depot and has been transformed into a museum packed with artifacts and memorabilia of railroad history and is staffed by retired railroaders and volunteers. Open Memorial Day -Labor Day 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 7 days a week. Admission is $2; children ages 6-12 pay 50 cents and under 6 free. Phone (715) 635-2752 or 635-3325. THE MUSEUM OF WOOD CARVING in Shell Lake is a definite must see. more than 100 life-size Bible characters, plus over 400 miniatures. They were carved out of pine by a local school teacher over a period of thirty years. The Last Supper took over four years to carve. Open May 1 through October 31 Daily 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Phone (715)468-7100
THE WASHBURN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM-SPRINGBROOK - This Church was originally built in 1906 as the St. Magdalene Catholic Church. It has been recently restored to reflect its original turn-of-the-century style. It serves as a church museum and as a local history museum.

Museum hours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. June through August..  Call 715-766-3876. If no answer, leave message, your call will be returned.

After seeing the history in the Museums, you ANTIQUE LOVERS will want to visit some of the area Antique Shops to pick up a piece of history for yourself !
WASHBURN COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM- Located in Shell Lake, the museum was a century old German church which now houses pioneer, logging, farming and native American memorabilia. A parson's house and one room school house are also on the premises.There are extensive local history and genealogical files, and a multi-volume library of regional history. There are lots of scheduled events during the Spring through Fall seasons. Check the Calendar of Events.

Washburn County Historical Society
PO Box 366
Shell Lake, WI 54871

Other Historical Societies

Gordon-Wascott Historical Society
15785 S Newsome Rd
Minong, WI 54859


Stone Lake Area Historical Society
PO Box 95
Stone Lake, WI 54876

Phone: 715-865-4734

Washburn County Genealogical Society
PO Box 366
Shell Lake, WI 54871

WIGenWeb Project,
 Washburn County

Log Museum, Main Street, Birchwood
Howard Morey Homestead
 Park Avenue, Birchwood
The Log Museum holds a collection of logging memorabilia as well as a hand carved replica of a logging camp operation. The Morey house was originally built in 1901, and with many additions was finally completed in 1908. Howard Morey's parents bought the house for $304.07. In 1924 Howard left Birchwood for Chicago to pursue his piloting career; three years later he began an airline shuttle service between Madison and Chicago. Over the next 40 years Howard Morey continued to make a significant difference in Wisconsin aviation, including training pilots for World War II. His home was donated to the Birchwood Historical Society in 1995. The home is undergoing restoration to return it to its original appearance and to preserve the memory of Howard Morey. Hours for both Museums are Memorial Day through Labor Day, Friday & Saturday 1-4pm, or by appointment. 

Birchwood Area Historical Society
PO Box 247
Birchwood, WI 54817715-354-7300