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Washburn County Historical Museums

The Washburn County Historical Museum depicts the last 150 years of Washburn County, includes the St. John’s Lutheran Church, built in 1888; the former parsonage, now called the Annex, built in 1896; the Beaver Brook School Museum; and the Sky Watch Hut used during World War II. Featured items include early photos of Washburn County, antique toys, phones, hotel ledger, clothes and linens, and war memorabilia. The complex also houses period rooms, including a late 1800’s farmer’s bedroom and kitchen and rooms with farming and logging tools.

No admission charged; donations appreciated.

The museum also has the Washburn County Register and the Shell Lake Watchman on Microfilm, old plat books, family histories, photos of the area and families.

Museum and geneology research center are also open year round by appointment, call 715-468-2982.

102 W 2nd Avenue
Shell Lake, WI 54871

715-468-2982

Theatre in the Woods

TITW is a non-profit community theatre organization based at the Erika Quam Memorial Theatre in Shell Lake, WI. Since its inception, TITW has formed a reputation for professional calibur performances. A common passion for the performing arts brings to life everything from lively comedies to serious dramas, musicals to concerts. It happens year round in Northwest Wisconsin from a home we call “the Quam.” The Erika Quam Memorial Theatre is operated by Theatre in the Woods, Ltd., founded in 1990 by a group of area residents who all loved theatre. TITW features something for everyone. Throughout the year there are plays, musicals, and many talented musicians featured at the Quam.This group embraces new volunteers of all eperience levels and interests. Act, sing, paint, sew, usher, direct…or participate in some other way. Young or old, TITW has a place for you. Come be a part of something big. And make plenty of friends along the way.
For more information call 715.468.4387

605 First Street
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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715-468-4387

Shell Lake Arts Center

The Shell Lake Arts Center provides several concerts throughout the summer, including several concerts at the Shell Lake Pavilion in Memorial Park. To the right is a picture of a show choir performance.

The mission of the Shell Lake Arts Center is to provide creative arts education and enrichment experiences for diverse populations of youth and adult learners. We are home to the oldest continuous jazz music camp in the nation. Join us near the beautiful shores of Shell Lake, where you will find no stop lights, no fast food, and not even a strip mall. Instead, you’ll find a sandy beach, many nature trails, a community of friendly neighbors, and a flurry of artistic fun at the Shell Lake Arts Center. Many former SLAC participants have become world-class performers, teachers and artists.

802 First Street
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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715-468-2414

Museum of Woodcarving

The Museum of Woodcarving displays 100 life-sized carvings and 400 miniatures. Mr. Barta spent 15 years crafting his series of religious scenes in ponderosa and sugar pine 2x4s laminated together. When visiting, take time and study the life-size replica of “The Last Supper”. This beautiful carving is internationally renowned and took Mr. Barta more than four years to complete. Donations given to the “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” are donated to various local charities.

Highway 63
Shell Lake, WI 54871

715-468-7100

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary

Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary is a nature preserve and learning center, open to all, dedicated to fostering understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment. Hunt Hill is a locally run, nonprofit organization located on a 500-acre preserve with mature northern forest, two glacial lakes, bogs, prairie/oak savanna, and marshy shorelines.

The main camp features dormitories, a library, converted cedar-sided barn into a full-service kitchen and dining hall, program garage and learning center and farmhouse office.

The property includes two designated state natural areas and ten miles of hiking trails. Common species include Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Loons, Green Herons, Great Blue Herons, many warblers, songbirds, raptors and grouse.

Hunt Hill is open to the public and offers adult, youth and family programs throughout the year. Hunt Hill is an ideal spot for reunions, meetings and weddings. Hunt Hill’s dining & lodging facilities can accommodate groups up to 75.

N2384 Hunt Hill Rd.
Sarona, WI 54870

Website

715-635-6543 ( Main )

Clover Meadow Winery

Clover Meadow is the only certified organic, travel green winery in the Midwest. Winemaking has been in our family for over a century and our family continues the tradition using ancient methods developed in 3rd century abbeys and monasteries. Clover Meadows vineyards and orchards are nestled within some of the oldest forests in Wisconsin’s beautiful Bashaw Valley, known for its clear spring water and mild growing season. These natural resources, along with our sustainable, eco-friendly growing philosophy, create fresh, pure organic wines that delight the senses and compliment any occasion. Our wines range from the eclectic dandelion and onion wine to the wonderful nouveau style and table wines. Clover Meadow has a wine for everyone. The commitment to sustainable, organic growing methods didn’t stop there: far from public sources of water and electricity, our pristine acres are irrigated from a man-made pond that efficiently collects rainwater and snowmelt, and powered by the wind. Be sure to stop by our cafe’ to enjoy some delectable treats to accompany your wine.

23396 Thompson Rd.
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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715-468-4224 ( Main )

The Potters’ Shed

The Potter’s Shed is like nowhere else! Events such as Make Your Own Mosaic, Paint your own pottery, a garden, a gift shop, Pottery Outlet, Cafe/Coffee Shop, Art Gallery, and more! They also have live music.

260 Industrial Blvd
Shell Lake, WI 54871

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715-468-4122