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“Beautiful use of Washington Island Historic Diary”

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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

Stopped in to see this historic dairy! Was surprised to see fields of lavender! So beautiful and at peak bloom when we were there!
Gone are the dairy equipment but upon entering there was informative picture boards of "Washington Island Through the Years!" Including photos and information on the dairy that previously had been in this space!
Wonderful collection of vintage posters!
Additional lavender market and art space upstairs! When we were visiting there were a number of artists present!
Very well done and informative!

The viking drying sheds in the center of the lavender fields have photo boards that provide information about lavender production!

We were fortunate to meet Scott Sonoc who is the owner! He was in the fields harvesting the lavender, hand cutting and putting in bundles! He talked and taught as he worked! He was friendly and provided us with a wealth of information!
It was great to be able to hear his love for the island!

Scott is an artist as well as architect! His Washington Island posters are displayed and are for sale inside the old dairy! Beautiful pieces with hidden object in the images on the poster!

Great afternoon visit!!

Thank mpg0815
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

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

Thank Leon P
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

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
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

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 was expecting to see a history of the island dairy. That being said, it's one of the spots on the island to see.

Thank saxsellers
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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.

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