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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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Historic building growing lavender.

They are opening a store in Ephramin this summer so if just looking to shop that is probably the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ed S
Not what we expected

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

Reviewed 19 May 2017
Kathi B
Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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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
+1 920-737-1531
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you love lavender, this is the place to go. The smells are heavenly and every kind of lavender treat is available from candy to lotion.

Thank 145Pat
Reviewed 29 August 2016

It used to be a dairy. Now it's a quaint shop and lavender field. Well worth a few minutes of your time to stop and smell the lavender.

1  Thank Bill W
Reviewed 26 August 2016

The Dairy now hosts all things lavender, the newest fad on the Island. It is crowded with all kinds of lavender-infused products - soaps, sprays, etc. It's a little too much lavender. When the Historic Island Dairy opened a few years ago after a long...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 24 August 2016

they definitely had some incredible products, mostly made from lavender they grow there, but we thought it would be different, maybe more of a historical/museum type place. Very nice people and products, but EXPENSIVE, there are also lavender fields (NOT like Provence) but interesting nevertheless

Thank esfesq
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