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“Historic Island Dairy?”

The Historic Island Dairy
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Why on earth would anyone feature a historic dairy that doesn't appear to house anything related to dairy farming? It's real and only purpose seems to be to flog lavender stuff to unsuspecting tourists. If it sold ice cream, it'd at least have some sort of tenuous link to dairying. The only thing of interest within that I saw was a strange poster. Outside in a nearby field a stavkirke stands like a marooned shag on a rock, completely out of place and totally pointless.

I went away with the feeling that this was a greedy grab for the tourist dollar that had gone completely off the rails. An exercise in futility!

2  Thank Nicholas K
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Marsha W, Owner at The Historic Island Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2014

It is too bad that our visitor from Perth Australia missed the two large history plaques (one in the parking lot and one in the Lobby) explaining the history of The Historic Island Dairy which supported nearly 40 dairy farmers while it was in operation. The building has been extensively remodeled and now houses an Island history exhibit, a grand ballroom for weddings and other large gatherings, the Island Lavender Company which was founded in 2013 and a vintage poster gallery. We planted nearly 6,500 lavender plants in two fields in 2013. Our store carries lavender products made from our 2013 crop as well as four flavors of gelato, which our visitor also apparently missed. The poster gallery includes original vintage posters from around the world, many of which date from the first half of the 20th century.

The small outbuilding in our fields was hand carved by an artist and serves as our tool storage shed. It has a beautifully carved door which serves as a terrific backdrop for photos!

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Reviewed 23 July 2014

This building was a dairy now it is a great place to find lavender items as well as see the lavendar farm right behind it. Everything from soup to sorbet, all made with lavendar.

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Reviewed 21 July 2014

I would have expected an Historic Island Dairy to have information about the dairy industry on Washington Island. Not sure where that was. I didn't see anything on that.

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Marsha W, Owner at The Historic Island Dairy, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2014

The Historic Island Dairy served Washington Island as a cooperative dairy from 1916 until its closure in 1969. It's unfortunate that our guest missed the large history plaque we have posted at the entrance to the parking area. It recounts the entire history of the Dairy building and the Dairy operations, beginning with a story of the founding in 1916. In addition, in the Art Gallery, there is a large map posted with a scenic history tour of the Island. That map includes also includes a history of the Dairy operations.

We hope our guest returns so that we share the wonderful history of this beautiful building.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

the historic dairy has been renovated to become a trendy venue for receptions. dark wood floors and stone fireplace contrast white walls; french doors open to a dramatic deck overlooking the lavendar fields. the gallery below showcases a private collection of mostly european posters and its store features specialty items for tourists. the old dairy is now a shopping-venue-art gallery-lavendar farm. sounds awkward, but it's a lovely tourist stop.

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Reviewed 15 June 2014

After visiting the Dairy, one can truthfully say that they have experienced a state of 'bliss'. The surrounding Lavender fields and store, along with an old Stavkirke to complete the image, provide visitors an atmosphere of delightful fragrance. Definitely a 'must see' in terms of Island attractions, a place where people have the chance to smile and relax.

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