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The Historic Island Dairy

1309 Range Line Rd, Washington Island, WI 54246-9143
+1 920-737-1531
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Not much to see

Small store but didn't find anything that would tell us what made it Historic or why its called a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Leon P
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
Beautiful Lavender Fields

Amazing to see fields of lavender. There was a light scent of lavender in the air. There is a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
xboox
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Geneva, Illinois
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The Historic Island Dairy Building was completely renovated in 2010 from a building that sat vacant for 40 years into a multi-use community facility to save and preserve the memory of one of Washington Island's most important local historic businesses, which was dairy farming. The Historic Island Dairy preserves 100 years of the working memory of the Island community with new economically sustainable non-dairy uses including two commercial kitchens, a full floor open wood cathedral ceiling ballroom, business incubator facilities, vintage Scandinavian poster displays along with international cutting edge art exhibits, lavender farm market, panoramic balcony vistas, sitting and strolling gardens, acres of lavender fields and home for The Island Lavender Company. This meaningful historic Island destination has been completely renovated after sitting vacant for more than 40 years. As a result of the development of refrigerated delivery trucks in the early 1960's, dairy products were delivered from larger commercial facilities off the Island and the local island dairy production was closed. Now bearing the name "The Historic Island Dairy", the building features a permanent Washington Island history exhibit to remind us of the Island people and events that laid the foundation for all of us to protect, nurture and build upon today...and into the future. In 2016, the Historic Island Dairy will celebrate the 100th birthday of the founding of dairy production on Washington Island.
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1309 Range Line Rd, Washington Island, WI 54246-9143
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+1 920-737-1531
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small store but didn't find anything that would tell us what made it Historic or why its called a Dairy.

Thank Leon P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing to see fields of lavender. There was a light scent of lavender in the air. There is a very nice gift shop.

Thank xboox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While this use to be the island dairy, there really is nothing here that would give you that impression. It's now a lavender field and lavender gift shop. It's a nice shop, but nothing overwhelming (for me anyway). Some people will love this, but I...More

Thank saxsellers
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Beautiful fields of lavender and great old building. The outdoor area is beautiful and smelled fantastic. The store is full of art and items from France with many great choices across most any price range. stop and check it out when visiting.

1  Thank Wayne A
Reviewed 22 May 2017

They are opening a store in Ephramin this summer so if just looking to shop that is probably the way to go. If you want to experience Washington Island stop in, very interesting!

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Nice little place to visit, but the smells are overpowering. Little pricey as is most of Door County.

Thank Kathi B
Reviewed 4 November 2016

I was very impressed with the extensive documented history of the dairy industry on Washington Island. Lots of pictures and text that helps you to understand how important dairying was in the Islands past history. Kudos to the owners for telling that story.

Thank dcrudolph
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The lavender products are very reasonably priced with a good selection of tea, soap, snacks, and on and on. I tried the Lavender Honey Vanilla Ice Cream that's sold from a freezer in little paper cups. It was a tasty delight. They have a good...More

Thank AJMcDuff
Reviewed 22 September 2016

Had to make the stop to see the lavender. A quaint gift store to pickup some nice smelling items. Worth the stop to check out the fields. Even though they had already been harvested.

Thank Bob H
Reviewed 19 September 2016

A very nice old building which now houses a gift shop and a nice history exhibit. The exhibit was well done and interesting. The gift shop was good and had a nice variety. I really enjoyed the old pickup out front. Stop in while you...More

2  Thank RonJmn
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