Railroad Memories Museum located in SpoonerSpooner Train Ride, Washburn CountyPotter's Shed in Shell Lake, Washburn County

Attractions

Washburn County is home to a variety of incredible attractions. Spend an afternoon with the kids on the Spooner Train Ride's Family Pizza Train or head out for an evening train ride with your loved one for the Elegant Dinner Train. The Spooner Train Ride follows along the picturesque Namekagon River, managed by the National Park Service.

The area also offers a variety of museums to choose from. The Railroad Memories Museum is located in Spooner, right next door to the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum. In nearby Shell Lake, you'll find the Museum of Woodcarving, housing over 100 life-sized carvings all created by one man, the Washburn County Historical Museum complex which offers several buildings to learn about the area's rich history. You will also find historical museums in Springbrook, Stone Lake, and Birchwood. Stone Lake's historical museum is housed in the old depot and even has a caboose that you can climb inside. Birchwood offers two museums, the Birchwood Area Log Museum and the Howard Morey Homestead. 

For the more adventurous, Washburn County offers attractions such as Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, a 500 acre nature reserve, Bulik's Amusement Park to sharpen up your mini golf skills or race around the go-kart track, or the Beaverbrook Wildlife Area where you'll find an artesian well. In addition, tours are offered at the Spooner Fish Hatchery if you want to learn more about how Wisconsin's lakes are stocked. If you're looking for some hands on fun for the kids, head to Wilderness Walk Zoo & Western Town just outside of Hayward. 

Some of the other fun you'll find here includes the Potter's Shed, located in Shell Lake, which offers a unique gallery, garden and a create-your-own area where you can build your own mosaic or paint your own pottery. Just outside of Shell Lake, you'll find Clover Meadow Winery, the midwest's only certified organic winery. Shell Lake also offers two performing arts attractions; the Shell Lake Arts Center brings talent from all over the U.S. to perform during the summer at the Darrell Aderman Auditorium and the Lakefront Pavilion at the Shell Lake Beach. Theatrein the Woods offers a variety of plays, musicals, and concerts throughout the year at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre. 

There's always something fun to do in Washburn County. Have fun exploring!

 

 

 

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Birchwood Area Log Museum

Birchwood Area Log Museum

Howard Morey Homestead

Howard Morey Homestead

Northern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

Northern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery

Spooner Ag Research Station Teaching & Display Garden

UW-Extension
N5264 Orchard Lane
Spooner WI 54801
(715) 635-3506   

More Information...This award winning one-acre garden includes landscaped perennial and annual display gardens, an enabling garden, themed vegetable gardens and displays of small fruits, grapes and fruit trees. It is an official All-America Selections Winner Display Garden that has received national recognition for its eye catching landscape design features. Various workshops and horticulture events are held throughout the growing season. The annual twilight Garden Tour is held on the third Tuesday in August and includes demonstrations, displays, and University Speakers, music and wagon tours. The garden is open to the public for self guided tours during day light hours seven days a week mid-May through mid-October. Group tours are available on request. For more information contact the Spooner Ag Research Station at 715-635-3506 or 1-800-528-1914, or visit our website or like us on facebook at �Spooner Ag Research Station�. This garden is a joint effort between the Spooner Agriculture Research Station, operated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Science, the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension and area UW-Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. The Spooner Agriculture Research Station is a working farm that provides both research and educational services to farmers and the general public. It is home to North America�s only dairy sheep research project. In addition to their pioneering research in the sheep dairy industry, the Station also conducts research on corn, soybeans, hay and forage and other crops suitable for northern Wisconsin conditions.

Spooner Fish Hatchery

Spooner Fish Hatchery

Stone Lake Area Historical Museum

Stone Lake Area Historical Museum
Stone Lake Historical Society
Hwy 70
Stone Lake WI 54876
(715) 865-4940   

website  More Information...The museum complex comprises the original Stone Lake SOO Line depot, a 1913 SOO Line caboose and the original 1926 Stone Lake Town Hall. Exhibits include: The museum & depot house many artifacts from Stone Lake's rich history. In 2010, the museum added on with the 1926 Town Hall and another addition called Preservation Hall. A complete history can be viewed and read in the Historical Album located at the Historical Museum in Stone Lake. Exhibits include: 1913 SOO LINE RAILROAD CABOOSE: A special exhibit for 2009 is the 1913 Soo Line Railroad caboose acquired in June, 2009, from the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This crew caboose is located on a special rail line built on the depot/museum site by a local railroader, and has been totally restored inside and out. Visitors of every age are able to go inside the caboose, climb into the cupola and, in their mind's eye, take a ride back in time to experience the life our early railroad workers must have experienced. A special video can be viewed to show visitors the life of the earliest railroaders, and another video shows the actual arrival and placement of the caboose on the rail line at our depot/museum. Both tapes have been known to create new railroad enthusiasts out of museum visitors! THE "RAILROAD ROOM" The "Railroad Room" is the Station Agent's office of our Soo Line Depot/Museum, and contains many items from our past railroad history. On the wall there is a brand new, very old and original, metal Soo Line sign and next to that a railroad system map showing all of the railroads that served Wisconsin in 1906. It is quite fascinating! We have the original station agent's desk, the ticket desk from the old depot, the telegraph key and related items, many original railroad lanterns, and a wonderful collection of railroad dining car dinnerware, to name just a few of the items. In the room, a video or a DVD is often playing depicting the history of the railroad in our country. THE "DEPOT FREIGHT ROOM" The original depot freight room is the site of our early pioneer home, with an organ over 100 years old that is still used, a handsome black and chrome parlor stove which would be the envy of any home, and a wonderful collection of every item you might expect to find in each room of the early settler's home, including a library of old books and student's journals donated by our elementary school system in years past. ORIGINAL STONE LAKE TOWN HALL: In 2010 the Stone Lake Area Historical Society moved the original white 1926 Stone Lake Town Hall to the museum complex. This building is joined to the depot through Preservation Hall which houses pictures of all the Stone Lake and Sand Lake elected officials. The Town Hall has interesting exhibits about early local politics, the original post office, old maps of the area, two original murals of early Stone Lake and an unusual display of glass negatives from 1919/1920. These glass negatives depict scenes taken in Siberia and Manchuria during the Polar Expedition and were taken by Stone Lake resident Major Charles M. Winter, first owner of the Pine Ridge lakeshore property on Big Sissabagama Lake. The Stone Lake Area Museum Complex is being digitized and is part of the Milwaukee Public Library Digital collection. This may be viewed at http://content.mpl.org/stonelake. For any questions regarding the museum, please contact Connie Schield at 715-865-4940.

The Burch Barn


Theatre in the Woods

Theatre in the Woods

Veterans' Memorial

Veterans' Memorial

Washburn County Historical Museum-Shell Lake

Washburn County Historical Museum-Shell Lake

Washburn County Historical Museum-Springbrook

Washburn County Historical Museum-Springbrook